NOVA Chemicals PE1 Expansion Project Fatal Incident Update

May 2018

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) completed its investigation and report into the contractor fatality that occurred on the Joffre Site on April 27, 2016. The report confirms there are no charges or fines levied against NOVA Chemicals.

NOVA Chemicals cooperated fully with OH&S throughout the detailed investigation.

NOVA Chemicals is committed to safe, reliable and competitive operations. We want every employee and contractor to return home safely each day. As part of this commitment, we continually evaluate our safety performance and compare ourselves to best-in-class performance. We use this comparative data to identify ways we can continuously improve our safety performance as we work toward zero workplace incidents, injuries and illnesses.

When it comes to safe, reliable, competitive operations, our goal is zero workplace injuries and illnesses. This tragedy urged us to redouble our actions toward that commitment.

NOVA Chemicals was a founding member and leader of the original Responsible Care® ideals, and is strongly committed to those and its expanded sustainability ideals today. Our first priority is always the safety of our employees, contractors and the community. 

April 28 was Canada’s National Day of Mourning, established to remember and honour those workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all their lives forever. Our thoughts remain with the family, friends and co-workers of the contractor.

 


 

NOVA Chemicals PE1 Expansion Project Fatal Incident Update

December 2016

NOVA Chemicals is a learning organization. Since the tragic incident in April 2016 we have worked with an external crane expert, a third-party consultant, the authorities, our partners and safety leaders to thoroughly investigate and identify the cause(s) of this tragedy that occurred on our PE1 Expansion construction site.

We understand Alberta OH&S is investigating the fatality, and expect their Report sometime prior to the end of April, 2018.

 


 

NOVA Chemicals PE1 Expansion Project Fatal Incident Update

May 6, 2016

NOVA Chemicals continues to investigate the incident which occurred at our PE1 Expansion Project construction site at our Joffre Site manufacturing facilities. We were deeply saddened to report the incident resulted in a contractor fatality. Our belief is that every employee and contractor must go home safely and on April 27 that didn’t happen.

Here are the details we are able to share at this time:

  • While working on a stationary crane at the construction site, a contractor came in contact with equipment resulting in severe trauma.
  • NOVA Chemicals Joffre Site emergency personnel responded to the incident, rescued the worker from the crane and transported him to the hospital -- sadly the individual succumbed to his injuries.
  • Regulators were notified immediately and we are fully collaborating with authorities investigating this incident. The RCMP investigation into the fatality is closed. Results of the Alberta Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) investigation into the incident are not expected for some time.
  • After a work suspension on the construction site, the majority of the construction workers returned on Friday April 29 after a safety stand down to ensure everyone’s mindset was in the right place to conduct work safely.
  • The incident did not impact NOVA Chemicals Joffre Site operating facilities (adjacent the construction site).
  • A third party consultant, with expertise in the area of incident investigation, is working with us on our internal investigation efforts. We will learn from this incident and continue to get better.
  • Our senior leadership continues to provide strong support by visiting the worksite to engage with the project and construction workforce.
  • Our first priority is always the safety of our employees, contractors and the community.

 


 

Observance of Canada's National Day of Mourning

Letter from Todd Karran, CEO

April 28, 2016

Yesterday, we had the unfortunate responsibility of letting you know about a tragedy at our Joffre Site in Alberta. A contractor who worked at the PE1 Expansion Project site, came into contact with equipment while working on a stationary crane, resulting in severe trauma. While emergency personnel quickly responded, rescuing him from the crane, he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

As a company, one of our core values is the safety and well-being of our coworkers, and we believe in zero-injury workplace. In that regard, we are committed to doing everything possible to keep our workers safe. In the coming days and weeks, we will work with the authorities, our partners and our safety leaders to fully understand the cause of this tragedy and identify any changes we may need to make. Work has been suspended at the PE1 construction site.

I would like to recognize that today is Canada’s National Day of Mourning, established to remember and honour those workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever. Today, our thoughts remain with the family, friends and co-workers of the contractor. At 11:00 a.m. in each site and each location, we will observe a moment of silence in memory of everyone that lost their life at their place of work.

We all have a responsibility to keep our workplace injury free, year round, and make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.

Sincerely,
Todd Karran