Separate workplace accidents in Alberta yesterday have killed two people.
Pembina Pipeline confirms that a contractor died yesterday afternoon at the Williams’ Redwater Olefinic Fractionator near Redwater.
The company has not released any details, but Occupational Health and Safety tells Global News that a worker was wearing an air mask and using an air tank while doing maintenance on a tower when co-workers noticed he was in distress. They brought him down where he died at the scene.
Pembina issued a statement about the incident, saying “the companies are deeply saddened by today’s tragedy and offer their sincere condolences and support to the affected family members through this difficult time. Working safely is the top priority for both companies and all employees and contractors are encouraged to remain vigilant and to look out for everyone’s safety.”
Earlier in the day, a man was fatally injured when he was struck by a piece of equipment at the Nova Chemicals site in Joffre, just north of Red Deer. He died in the Red Deer hospital.
The company has issued a statement. “This is an extremely sad day at NOVA Chemicals. Our belief is that every employee and contractor must go home safely – today that didn’t happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of the worker. As we recognize that during a difficult time like this, distractions can easily happen, we want to encourage employees to remain vigilant and look out for one another.” (bw)