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Worker dies after being pinned by machine at Alberta chemical plant

The Canadian Press   

Health & Safety Industry Manufacturing

RED DEER – An investigation by Occupational Health and Safety is underway after a worker was killed in an accident at an Alberta plant operated by Dow Canada.

The department says the accident happened sometime between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning at a polyethylene plant northeast of Red Deer.

Trent Bancarz, an OHS spokesman, says the 47-year-old man was pinned by a machine he was using.

The equipment – known as a drum dumper – loads material into a hopper.


The victim died at the scene and his identity has not been released.

OHS has placed a stop-use order on the dumper.

Bancarz said the order is usually done for two reasons.

“We may issue it because (the equipment) is not safe to use at the time, or so investigators can take measurements and examine things without the machine being altered from the state it was in at the time of the incident,” he said.

Dow said in a statement that the company is “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a colleague, and we are working closely with all parties involved to gather more information and learn from this tragic incident.”

The plant site, known as Dow Prentiss, has more than 120 employees.


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