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 Thursday morning in the Base Mine, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

A preliminary investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) says the death of the 26-year-old man was not is not 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 a piece of 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 responded that it would consider the investor's recommendations and would take the time to study the submitted documents while maintaining confidence in its strategic plan.

With information from Gabriela Panza and Kory Siegers

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