Rig worker killed

A Saskatchewan man working for a Red Deer-based well servicing company was killed on the job near Kisbey, Sask.

A Saskatchewan man working for a Red Deer-based well servicing company was killed on the job near Kisbey, Sask.

Saskatchewan’s Occupation Health and Safety Department is investigating a fatality that occurred on Monday afternoon when a service rig fell on its side at about 2:30 p.m.

Jennifer Fabian, director of safety services for the department, said a male worker was killed after the service rig toppled over.

The deceased, who was working in the crow’s nest of the rig, was a 39-year-old Estevan employee of Eagle Well Service, a division of IROC Energy.

He suffered severe injuries and later died in Weyburn hospital.

Fabian said she could not release any more details about the incident while the investigation was ongoing.

Occupation Health and Safety investigators must try to determine why the rig fell and whether appropriate procedures were followed.

“Whenever someone is killed, we try to determine the causes of the incident and whether measures could have been taken to prevent it,” said Fabian.

Companies found to be at fault can be prosecuted or fined up to $300,000.

A spokesperson from Eagle or IROC could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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