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The teen was driving a forklift behind Victor Bernard & Sons Ltd. on Craig Street in Charlo. (Google Street View)

The company involved in a fatal industrial accident in northern New Brunswick Tuesday says it was a family member who died.

A 19-year-old was killed in Charlo when the forklift he was operating fell on top of him.

"Victor Bernard & Sons is a family-owned and operated business and is mourning the loss of one of its family members," the company said in a statement Wednesday.

The family, which also owns the adjacent business, Design Built Mechanical, is cooperating fully with WorkSafeNB, the statement said.

Investigation continues

WorkSafeNB and the RCMP are still looking into what happened, but at this point, it appears to have been a tragic accident, said Sgt. Alain Tremblay.

The victim was driving a forklift in the parking lot behind the building about 8:30 a.m. when he collided with another forklift that was being driven by another employee.

The teen’s forklift tipped over and he was crushed under the machine.

One of the forklifts was carrying heavy equipment, so the driver’s vision may have been obscured, said Tremblay.

The young man was experienced at the job, he said. "It's been the second summer that he was working at that location.

"The kid was at university and it was a summer job for him."

Fidele Cormier, the assistant regional director for WorkSafeNB, said the result of the investigation will go to the WorkSafeNB accident review committee "as [with] all serious accidents."

Victor Bernard & Sons provides plumbing and heating residential and industrial services, according to the company's website. It was founded in 1975 and has locations in Charlo, Campbellton and Bathurst.