The Canadian oil company Suncor Energy has just announced that one of its employees has died as the result of an accident at the location of an oil sands site in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Suncor Energy, which is based out of Calgary, confirmed the fatality on April 20th, hours after the employee in question suffered substantial injuries while working on the job.
The death was made official after Suncor emergency service personnel attempted to transport the employee to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, but he was eventually pronounced dead on arrival. While the name of the employee has yet to have been released, officials with Suncor Energy have confirmed that the man in question was a 27-year-old electrician, who was electrocuted while working in an area with electronic panels, until he collapsed. Suncor Energy has announced that they are working in full cooperation with authorities to conduct a complete investigation of the potential cause of the accident.
Vice President of Suncor Energy Mark Little released a statement on behalf of the company in regards to the workplace accident.
"This is devastating news and a tragic loss for family, friends and co-workers," Little said in a press statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to loved ones during this extremely difficult time."
This marks the second workplace casualty that Suncor Energy has suffered this year. Another accident took place in January, where a 40-year-old employee was discovered to be dead while lying in a pool of sand and water.
Suncor Energy is Canada's biggest energy company according to market value, which reached net earnings of more than $3.9 billion in 2013. It is also one of the name corporations that is a proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline project that would transport oil through hundreds of miles of pipeline from Western Canada to all the way down to the Texas Gulf Coast. The operation is currently seeking approval from the Obama administration, which has recently stated last week that it is holding off on a decision indefinitely.
Everything from pipeline crack detection to weekly electrical equipment monitoring is essential in not only guaranteeing the safety of all employees, but for also making sure the maintenance of all technology is running along smoothly. It is often a lack of efficient and thorough inspection of all company apparatus that leads to employee accidents, or even death.