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Nexen Being Charged For 2016 Explosion That Killed Two Workers

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Nexen Being Charged For 2016 Explosion That Killed Two Workers

An aerial shot of the Nexen Long Lake facility near Anzac. Photo Courtesy

Nexen is being charged nearly two-years after two workers were killed in an explosion at one of their facilities back in 2016.

Alberta’s Occupational Health Services laid eight charges against the company on December 19, for the incident at their Long Lake site, south of Fort McMurray – near Anzac.

Back on January 15, 2016, an explosion occurred near an on-site hydrocracker killing one of the workers and sending the other to the hospital with serious injuries.

The facility was immediately shut down with RMWB first responders being one of the first on-site.

Around 10-days later, the injured worker died in an Edmonton hospital.

The charges Nexen faces range from failure to ensure the health and safety of workers, and failure to ensure that all workers, who were affected by procedure, were familiar with it before the work begun.

In a statement sent to Mix News, a spokesperson for the company says they’re aware of the charges.

“Nexen is aware of the Crown’s decision to lay charges. Our deepest sympathies remain with the families and individuals involved. A detailed review of these charges is currently underway.”

This is the second set of charges handed out to Nexen in 2017. Back in July, the Alberta Energy Regulator charged the company for a pipeline spill, also at their Long Lake Facility, that leaked roughly 5,000 cubic metres of emulsion.

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