Second death of a worker at a Suncor mine near Fort McMurray in six months


Second death of a worker at a Suncor mine near Fort McMurray in six months

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Since the end of 2020, five workers have died at a Suncor mining site.

According to a Suncor mining spokesperson , a contract worker died on the job early Thursday morning at Base Mine, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

A preliminary investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) claims that the 26-year-old's death is not being considered suspicious. The incident reportedly occurred around 3 a.m.

“This is a tragic event and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

—Leithan Slade, Spokesperson, Suncor

The Workers' Compensation Board will take over the investigation. Alberta Labor and Immigration Director of Communications Charles Daniel Mainville confirmed the man was struck by equipment.

This is the 13th fatality of a worker at a Suncor site since 2014. In January, a contract worker lost his life after a truck accident at the same mine.

Suncor's numerous workplace safety failures even sparked discontent among some investors this spring.

The investment fund Elliott Investment Management had demanded, on April 28, the appointment of five new independent directors to the Board of Directors. In a letter to the company, the investment fund noted that the number of deaths at Suncor was higher than those recorded at all of its close competitors combined.

The Board of Suncor's administration replied that it appreciated the investor's recommendations and that it would take the time to study the documents submitted while being confident of its strategic plan.

With information from Gabriela Panza and Kory Siegers


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