Probe into fatal loft floor collapse starts

Father of two dies in West Kelowna industrial accident.

  • Fri Mar 4th, 2011 11:00am
  • News

The Kyle Road office of Collins-Toker was the scene of a fatal floor collapse Tuesday night in which a 36-year-old man died.

Businessman and father of two Regan Toker has been identified as the man killed in the collapse of a warehouse loft off Kyle Road during the evening of Mar. 1.

The 36-year-old warehouse and sales manager was beneath a wooden storage structure inside the Collins-Toker Agencies Ltd. building in the early evening when it collapsed, bringing down a heavy load of materials stockpiled there.

Friends looking for him called West Kelowna RCMP at just after 6 p.m.

Emergency crews attended the property in the 2600 block of Kyle Road until late into the night, but firefighters could not safely remove Toker’s body until the next day when it was confirmed there would be no further collapse.

Toker leaves behind two sons, aged 11 and 13.

An autopsy was expected to be conducted in Penticton yesterday.

Worksafe B.C. has taken over the investigation into the incident. Worksafe B.C. officials were reported Thursday as saying it could take as long as a year to complete the investigation.

There was no damage to the outside structure of the building as a result of the loft floor collapse.

The family business is based in Winnipeg, selling sealants, weatherstripping and other products to the window, glass and door industries.

Collins-Toker also owns warehouses in Winnipeg and Langley.