Worker seriously injured on TC Energy Alberta worksite

Pipe fell on employee

Worker seriously injured on TC Energy Alberta worksite

One worker suffered a serious, non-fatal injury following an incident at TC Energy’s NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.

The incident happened at NGTL's North Corridor Expansion Project worksite near Fairview in Alberta.

The worker was unloading a truck at the Bear Canyon stockpile yard when a 36” pipe fell on them, reported Reuters, citing the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). CER has issued an "Inspection Officer Order" for the worksite.

"The Order requires the company to stop unloading pipe across the entire North Corridor Expansion Project and assess this procedure at all of their sites," the regulator said, according to the report.

The NGTL system supplies natural gas produced in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to markets in Canada and the United States.

In July, a 26-year-old male worker died after being struck by equipment at the Suncor Energy Inc.’s Base Mine in Alberta.

In January, one worker was also killed and two others injured in a vehicle collision at Suncor’s Base Plant Mine near Fort McMurray, Alta. Mark Little, then CEO of Suncor, said that the incident and two other incidents which happened in December 2021 were “unacceptable” and that the company is committed to doing more to keep its workers safe.

In February, Little announced that the company would be adopting mining safety technology for what he says is the first time in the oilsands. “This is a technology that is used globally in mining, but it is not used in oilsands. So, we'll be the first oilsands company to universally use this all across the mines,” said Little.

In July, Little stepped down as chief executive and president, and resigned from its board of directors, a day after another death at one of its worksites.

“Suncor is committed to achieving safety and operational excellence across our business, and we must acknowledge where we have fallen short and recognize the critical need for change,” said Michael Wilson, board chair, in the statement.