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Flash fire injures 11 workers at gas well site

March 8, 2011, Calgary - Eleven workers were injured in a flash fire, one critically, at a Husky Energy natural gas well in Robb, Alta. Monday morning.

March 8, 2011
By The Canadian Press

STARS transported a 24-year-old male to the University of Alberta
Hospital in critical condition around noon yesterday from the hamlet
about 43 kilometres from Edson.

One other worker was taken by fixed-wing air ambulance and was listed as
stable, while more patients were transported by ground to Edmonton
hospitals, said Cameron Heke of STARS.

“There were multiple patients with
serious injuries consistent with burns,” Heke said.

A spokesman for Husky said the injured workers were contractors employed by a number of different
companies but working at the company’s site.

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“For us, that’s the same thing. We treat our contractors as we
would any employees and take it very seriously,” said Graham White,
spokesperson for Husky Energy, who said the blaze broke out around 11:45
yesterday and initial
reports were of no life-threatening injuries.

White said the flames were quickly contained and extinguished and
the cause is not yet known for the blast at the Husky facility which
produces “sweet gas.”

There was an unconfirmed report the fire may have been sparked by a propane leak.
The well has been shut down.


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