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Cedar Point wind project worker injured  

Credit:  Turbine worker injured | By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | www.theobserver.ca ~~

Another worker has been injured during construction of the 46-turbine Cedar Point wind project being built in Lambton County for Suncor and NextEra.

Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher said in an e-mail that a contract worker was taken to hospital following an incident Friday, that happened at approximately 3 p.m.

Fisher said contractor Amec Foster Wheeler notified authorities of the incident and suspended non-critical construction work at the site while an investigation is conducted.

Tony McInally, a spokesperson for Amec Foster Wheeler, said Saturday the worker had been released from hospital and was recovering at home.

McInally would not provided information about the nature of the incident, or the worker’s injuries.

“There is not a lot I can share with you, other than the Ministry of Labour was called, and they are investigating,” he said.

McInally said Amec Foster Wheeler is also investigating.

“Our primary concern, obviously, is the health of the injured worker,” McInally said.

“We’re very happy that he has been released from hospital.”

It is the second time this summer a worker on the construction project has been injured and taken to hospital.

On July 21, a Sentry Electrical worker fell from an elevated height inside a wind turbine shaft on Ravenswood Line. He was later released from hospital.

Following the incident, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour issued 13 orders and requirements, including a stop-work order, for the project.

Construction resumed July 24.

Early last week, the ministry said in an e-mail Amec Foster Wheeler had complied with an order to protect workers from the hazards of heat stress and heat stroke while performing work inside wind turbines.

That order was issued following the July 21 incident.

The ministry also said all other orders issued following that earlier incident had been complied with.

“Amec Foster Wheeler’s primary concern, as well as Suncor and Nextera, is the safety of our workers,” McInally said.

“It’s very alarming to us, and we are taking this very seriously, with regards to safety on the site.”

McInally added, “Once we get the investigation complete, hopefully that will shed some light on what the issues have been, and what can we do to mitigate any of the problems going forward.”

He said “tower work” was suspended at the site following Friday’s incident.

“We anticipate that the site will be back to full operation within the next day or two.”

The Cedar Point Wind project is located in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

Suncor has said construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Source:  Turbine worker injured | By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | www.theobserver.ca

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