An employee of Steel Pacific Recycling in Victoria, British Columbia, died while working on May 5.
The 35-year-old man died while operating a system of conveyor belts used to separate leftover material from recycled vehicles, the Times Colonist in Victoria reported.
"Most people should never have to experience this in their work or at any time in their lives," Jamie Wilson, the company's international director of operations, told the newspaper. "It's very challenging. It's not easy to deal with something like this."
The man worked for Steel Pacific Recycling for three years, the newspaper said. He has not yet been identified because the victim's father had yet to be informed as of Sunday evening. The incident was the first injury at the company's location in more than 450 days.
"Operations at the Victoria Yard will be curtailed on Monday, May 7, with loads being accepted only under extenuating circumstances," the company said in a statement on its website. "We appreciate the cooperation and support of our customers and community as we grapple with this tragic loss."
Depending on autopsy results, the B.C. Coroners Service told the newspaper it might decide to investigate similar worksites to identify common concerns.