CUPE members in Vancouver and across Canada are in mourning following the death of CUPE 1004 member Jody Taylor.

An arborist working for the city, Taylor was removing a large branch from a damaged tree when it broke away, resulting in severe head trauma that proved fatal.

Taylor, 43, was a 16-year member of local 1004. He leaves behind a young daughter.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Jody Taylor’s death. On behalf of CUPE members in Vancouver and across the country, our deepest condolences go out to Jody’s family, friends, and coworkers,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

“This is already the third CUPE member killed on the job just this year,” Hancock continued. “Anytime a worker doesn’t make it home at the end of the day, it’s a grim reminder of the work we have to do to improve protection for all workers. Tragedies like this shouldn’t happen.”

CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury also offered condolences. “Jody gave his life in service of his community,” said Fleury. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic loss.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. CUPE 1004 is actively involved in the investigation.