Man killed in West Lincoln workplace mishap


A workplace tragedy kills a 17-year old co-op student. Adam Keunen died today in an industrial accident in West Lincoln. He was hit by a front end loader at Plazek Auto Recyclers. The Ministry of Labour is now investigating. His stunned classmates at Beamsville Secondary School are in mourning tonight.

Adam Keunen had just started his co-op placement at Plazek Auto Recycling on Silver Street in West Lincoln. At 9:45 this morning, a 911 call came in for a teenager struck by a front end loader in the yard. Paramedics and firefighters tried, but Adam could not be saved.

Inspector Bill Harris, Niagara Regional Police: “The coroner is on scene now. We have our collision reconstruction unit. We have our Grimsby number eight detectives on scene and our forensics and uniform officers as well.”

Adam was a student at Beamsville Secondary School. Flags there are at half staff.

Kim Yielding, District School Board of Niagara: “In the first few weeks, the students would be learning about the program in the classroom environment. Learning safety procedures. Those in the program would only have been in the co-op one or two times.”

The principal broke the news about Adam’s death this afternoon.

Sarah Rentjima, student: “I was really shocked. Sad. Really surprised that he died and I knew him.”

Adam was a student at Beamsville Secondary for four years. He attended the school with his twin brother. Because Adam was a co-op student at the recycling yard, it will
be the police leading the investigation, not the Ministry of Labour.

Kim Yielding, Communications Director at the District School Board of Niagara says grief counsellors are at the at the school to help anyone who needs them: “Students and staff are in shock naturally. Adam was a very loved member of the Beamsville community.”

Adam’s death was compounded for his family today. His father is a volunteer firefighter in West Lincoln and he was one of the first responders to the 911 call.



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meritedaxis says:

What a tragic accident. theres been a lot of work place accidents lately

Paige says:

I knew Adam Keunen and I did go to Beamsville Secondary School. My brother was good friends with him. Very sad he died, my he R.I.P.

Wendy says:

So terribly tragic. My prayers are with the family and with Adam’s friends.

EternalReason says:

Sad to see such a young man lose his life in a tragic accident. Workplaces are the safest they have ever been in human history, mishaps unfortunately will never be eliminated but we must strive to do all that we humanly can to protect everyone from preventable accidents.

Denise says:

That’s so sad to hear a tragity about the 17 year old. He will be missed by his friends and family

Irixion says:

Uuurgh. This is sad. And could have been prevented. I don’t know what happened, but as I have done co op numerous times through high school, employers don’t even tell people about safety equipment and procedures.

Condolences go to the family.

Bob says:

Tragic loss of some of our youth ( our future )

james says:

Very sad, such a young age

Trevor says:

He was great friend and a great guy. This was very sad news, may he RIP

Jane says:

Heartbreaking! For his family and for the community. His poor father being a first responder to the scene … I cannot even imagine.

Johnny Rebel says:

What a tragic accident. Thoughts & prayers go out to the family!


So sad for his family.

megan says:

Sympathy goes out to the family but I feel it happens too often. Unfortunately this was a young man just starting out.

Paddiem says:

My sincere condolences go out to the family. What a tragedy. ..

Cavan says:

Maybe it’s about time that some safety training be instilled in the classroom instead of incidents like this happening to our youth. because of no prior training.