March 16, 2014 11:50 pm
Updated: March 17, 2014 12:42 am

Young man killed on East Athabasca Highway work site

21-year-old Jordan Gahan, from Fredericton, New Brunswick, in a photo supplied by his family. March 16, 2014.

21-year-old Jordan Gahan, from Fredericton, New Brunswick, in a photo supplied by his family. March 16, 2014.

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EDMONTON – A 21-year-old man was killed on March 14 while operating a track hoe on a work site north of Fort McMurray.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) says he was operating a track hoe on some ice at the bottom of an open pit when the track hoe fell through the ice into the water.

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The incident happened around 4 p.m. on March 14, two hours north of Fort McMurray on the East Athabasca Highway, a privately owned road that provides access to Suncor’s Firebag in situ site north of Fort McMurray, as well as Imperial Oil’s Kearl site, and Husky Energy’s Sunrise site.

A spokesperson for Suncor says the man was an employee of Brayford Trucking, a Leduc-based company, who was doing reclamation work on the highway for Suncor as an operator.

Brayford Trucking confirmed the man killed was 21-year-old Jordan Gahan.

Gahan was from Fredericton, New Brunswick.

A spokesperson for Brayford Trucking said the company “is a small, close community” and wants to express their “thoughts and prayers for Jordan’s family.”

The family tells Global News they were notified on Friday.

“Even though he was my younger brother I looked up to him,” said his brother Joshua.

“He was a role model. Not only the best brother anyone could ask for, but a great friend.”

“I miss him tremendously,” Joshua added.

“He lived his life everyday and I am so fortunate I have 21 years of memories that no one can take from me. My family is going to stick together and get through this as best we can.”

A stop-work order has been put in place and OHS is investigating.

In January, a Suncor employee was found dead at the company’s oilsands site in Fort McMurray.

 

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