UPDATE: Death at Suncor oilsands site in northern Alberta not suspicious

The aerial view shows the Suncor oilsands extraction facility near Fort McMurray, Alta. Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty

EDMONTON – The RCMP says the death of an employee at the Suncor oilsands site in northern Alberta does not appear to be suspicious.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is also investigating, after a Suncor Energy employee from Fort McMurray was found dead at the company’s oilsands site Sunday morning.

OHS says emergency services personnel were called after a male employee went to check a pipeline and didn’t return.

The RCMP was notified shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, and Suncor activated its emergency response plan.

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After searching for a few hours, the man was found dead in a pool of sand and water in a sand dump area around 11:00 a.m., OHS told Global News.

Suncor says the employee regularly worked in that particular area of the facility.

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On Monday, the RCMP said the initial investigation reveals the death does not appear to be suspicious. Officers added that the exact cause of death is unknown at this time.

The employee’s name has not been released, but OHS says the man was 40-years-old. Suncor says the man’s family has been notified.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers. They are certainly in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time,” said Mark Little, Suncor executive vice president, Upstream.

No other workers were injured. Suncor Energy says it will also be conducting its own investigation into what caused the death.

RCMP is not releasing the victim’s identity out of respect for the family.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), or online 

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