Province lays charges against Nexen
Alberta's Labour Ministry has charged Nexen with 8 counts of safety violations under the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act in the death of two maintenance workers in 2016.
The two employees were refitting the valves on a hydrocracker unit at the Long Lake upgrader, when the incident occurred. An investigation concluded that the company failed to properly maintain its gas compressor and workers were not adequately trained for the tasks they were executing. The company had argued the two men were working outside the scope of their approved work duties.
The Long Lake upgrader, located 40 km south of Fort McMurray, has since been idled. Nexen is due to appear in court on February 14, 2018.