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Turbine worker airlifted to hospital  

Credit:  Ministry investigating incident at Lambton Shores construction site | By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer | Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | www.theobserver.ca ~~

Construction work has ground to a halt at a Lambton County wind farm following a worker being seriously injured on site Tuesday night.

Lambton OPP say the worker, who had to be airlifted to hospital, fell from an “elevated height” inside a wind turbine shaft located on Ravenswood Line in Lambton Shores.

On Wednesday, Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant confirmed the worker – on contract through construction firm Amec, Foster & Wheeler – was working on a turbine at the Cedar Point Wind Power Project.

The 46-turbine wind farm spans across Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. The project is a joint partnership between Suncor and NextEra.

“(Amec, Foster & Wheeler) has taken the lead in notifying the authorities of the incident and have suspended all non-critical construction work at the site while they undertake an investigation,” Vaillant said Wednesday.

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour confirmed an investigation is underway into the workplace incident.

“Each case is different, but in general terms, (an investigation) could look at how high [up the worker was], whether there were any restraints, what was needed, not needed,” ministry spokesperson Janet Deline said Wednesday. “It could encompass a whole bunch of stuff.”

While the ministry has yet to issue any stop-work orders on the construction site as a result of the incident, Vaillant said the decision to halt construction was made to “ensure the safety of all of the workers on our site.”

“Safety is paramount on our sites and whether it’s a wind project construction site or a refinery or our oil sands, Suncor has a core value of safety, so we take a number of steps and conversations and communications with our contractors and our employees to keep safety top of mind.”

Source:  Ministry investigating incident at Lambton Shores construction site | By Barbara Simpson, Sarnia Observer | Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | www.theobserver.ca

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