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Oilsands worker dies after being injured at Suncor site in northern Alberta


August 3, 2011
By PEM Magazine

A 56-year-old worker has died in an accident at an oilsands site in northern Alberta.

FT Services says in a news release that the accident happened at a Suncor Energy’s Firebag in-situ site on Sunday evening.

The company says the worker was taken to hospital in Fort McMurray but died on Monday.

As a former resident of Nova Scotia, George MacQuarrie had lived in the Cape Breton communities of Sydney and New Waterford. MacQuarrie, a pipefitter by trade, had been working in Western Canada for many years.


Pam Sharpe with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety told CHED radio the victim was working on a well pad when a piece of equipment came loose and struck him in the chest.

Suncor and Flint Transfield Services are assisting authorities in investigating the cause of the incident, FT Services says in the news release.

FT Services president and CEO Michael Wandmaker said, "The FT Services family is greatly saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this tragic time."

FT Services was formed in August 2006 to deliver operations and maintenance solutions to the oil and gas, mining and mineral processing, petrochemical and power generation sectors in Canada. FT Services’ business model provides best practices in safety performance, asset management and turnaround management systems and project execution.