October 23, 2013
Flaggers association holds vigil for fallen flagger
The BC Flagging Association is holding a vigil this weekend for a female traffic control person that died from injuries sustained while she was run over by a dump truck at a construction site in Duncan, B.C.
“She has passed away so we are going to hold a candle light vigil this Sunday October 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Holland Park, which is near 100 Ave and Prince George Highway,” said BC Flagging Association spokesperson Diane Herback. “The vigil is intended for lane technicians, flaggers and anybody who wants to support the family and recognize the flagger’s loss.”
The BC Coroners Service reported that the name of the woman who died on Oct. 21 is Margreta (Maggie) Erin Feeley, aged 29, from Lake Cowichan.
Herback said the woman was taken off life support, but could not breath on her own.
The BC Flaggers will be conducting a bottle drive to raise funds for the family.
In addition, they will have a two minute period of silence on Oct. 25 at about 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., which is about the same time Feeley was hit by the truck.
Feeley was conducting traffic on a paving construction site in the 2500-block of Beverley Street in Duncan, when she was struck by a reversing truck that was pushing a pup trailer.
She was pinned under the truck’s wheels. Firefighters used inflatable balloons to lift the truck off the woman and She was immediately taken by ambulance to Cowichan District Hospital with critical injuries.
Later, she was airlifted to Victoria General hospital.
Initially there was a report that the worker was killed in the incident but it was determined later that the B.C. Coroner Service was not needed at the scene.
The BC Coroners Service, WorkSafeBC and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate this incident.
WorksafeBC is investigating employer and worker compliance with respect to mobile equipment and traffic control requirements, instruction, training, and supervision, as well as human factors that may have influenced what occurred.
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