Incident Notice 2014-02

Incident Notice 2014-02

Type: Fatality

Industry: Oilsands Operations

Incident Summary:

During a night shift, a worker identified a leak on a pipeline while it was being hydro tested. The worker parked his truck and followed the water trail by foot back to the source of the leak. The leak undercut the ground around pipeline creating a sink hole. As the worker approached the source of the leak he fell into the sink hole and subsequently died.

Safety Reminders:

  • Maintain good communication/regular contact with workers who are working alone.
  • Carefully assess all existing and potential hazards.
  • Take engineering, administrative, personal protective equipment or a combination of these measures to eliminate or control the identified hazards.

Safety Resources:

This incident notice is provided for information purposes only to notify industry of an occupational health and safety incident.  It has been issued as an educational resource with the goal of preventing similar incidents. The information contained in this notice is based upon preliminary information that has not been confirmed through investigation.  This notice should not be interpreted as identifying any contraventions of OHS legislation or as laying blame against any party.

Created: 2014-05-26
PID: 15107

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