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Worker killed at Nova Chemical’s Joffre, Alta. site

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Work at the site has been stopped and Occupational Health and Safety officers are investigating.

A contractor has been killed working on an expansion project at Nova Chemicals Corporation’s facility in Joffre, Alta.

The accident happened on April 27 at Nova’s PE1 Expansion Project construction site.

“While working on a stationary crane at the construction site, a contractor came in contact with equipment resulting in severe trauma,” Bill Greene, Nova’s senior vice president, said in a statement. “Nova Chemicals Joffre Site emergency personnel responded to the incident and rescued the worker from the crane. Paramedics transported the worker to the Red Deer Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

Work has been suspended at the site until an investigation has been completed, he added.


“This is an extremely sad day at Nova Chemicals,” Greened continued. ”Our belief is that every employee and contractor must go home safely — today that didn’t happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of the worker. Our first priority is always the safety of our employees, contractors and the community.”

The man’s name and age have not yet been released. It’s also not known which company he worked for.

Nova’s Joffre Site is one of the largest ethylene and polyethylene production complexes in the world, comprising five manufacturing facilities.


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