Plaster Rock Death Still Under Investigation

Plaster Rock, NB - An industrial accident six days ago in Plaster Rock is still under investigation by WorkNB. The victim name has now been released, Ronald "Ronnie" Warren was a longtime employee of the saw mill. The Plaster Rock sawmill owned by Twin Rivers Paper Company stood idle yesterday out of respect for the life and family of Mr. Warren, whose funeral was held yesterday.

“Our hearts are heavy today, as the Twin Rivers and Plaster Rock communities have suffered an enormous loss with the death of Ronald Warren,” said Tim Lowe, Chief Executive Officer of Twin Rivers Paper. “Ron was a pillar of the community and a cherished colleague of everyone with whom he worked. We will greatly miss his welcoming smile, his sense of humor and his unwavering commitment to making this sawmill and this company a great place to work. Our thoughts are with his wife and children at this difficult time."

Warren was involved in many aspects of community life in Plaster Rock, including serving his neighbors as a volunteer firefighter. The family has encouraged anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Ronnie to direct it to the IWK Children’s Hospital. For nearly three decades, he worked hard to contribute to a safe workplace. He was a member of the joint occupational health & safety committee, and served as Vice-President of the local union, Unifor 5080.

WorkSafeNB was on-site at the sawmill until Friday, September 25th, and are continuing their investigation. Twin Rivers is cooperating fully with the WorkSafeNB investigation, and has begun a thorough internal review of the incident. All further information related to the incident will be provided at the conclusion of the WorkSafeNB investigation.