Sunday, July 13, 2008

Oilsands safe despite recent deaths: gov't

read full article: Fort McMurray Today
Alberta Occupational Health and Safety continues to piece together what happened Tuesday at Suncor Energy that left one worker dead and two others injured.

The accident occurred during an attempt to move a disabled heavy hauler for repairs, said Barrie Harrison, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) spokesman. The victim, an employee of Finning Canada, was run over by the hauler.

The accident also injured two men. One was treated at the scene and the other taken to Northern Lights Regional Health Centre where he was treated and released.

OHS remains on the site.

Including this latest incident, the provincial agency is involved with the investigations into four fatalities in three incidents at oilsands operations in just over one year.

The most recent is an incident at Albian Sands in April that claimed the life of a Bucyrus Canada employee after his pickup truck was run over by a heavy hauler.

The earliest investigation focuses on two workers killed in a tank collapse on the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Horizons site in April 2007. This file remains in the hands of Alberta Justice.

Though the prosecutors involved work for Alberta Justice, they are seconded to Occupational Health and Safety for investigations such as the Horizon fatalities.

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