August 26, 2013
Two workers injured by explosion
A worker is in serious condition in hospital after being involved in an explosion at an industrial site near Fox Creek, Alberta.
‘Workers were replacing a valve on a hydrocarbon storage facility,” said Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) spokesperson Lisa Glover.
“After the valve was cracked, which means the valve was being separated from the flange, some residual flammable liquid ignited, causing an uncontrollable fire.”
The incident happened on August 17 near to Fox Creek, which is located about 260 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
“The two workers sustained injuries and one of them, a 44-year-old male, was transported to Fox Creek hospital and released the same day,” said Glover.
“The other worker, a 26-year old male, was transported to Fox Creek hospital, airlifted to an Edmonton hospital and then transported to Calgary Foothills hospital for more specialized treatment.”
The employer of the two men is Larson Concise and the prime contractor is Pembina Pipeline Corporation.
The ignition of the flammable material created a fireball and subsequent blaze that lasted for eight hours.
Alberta Ocuupational Health and Safety (OHS) put a stop-work order on the site, while an investigation of the incident is undertaken.
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