Man dies at oilfield site in southern Saskatchewan

A 27-year-old man is dead after a work-related incident at an oilfield site near Alameda, Sask. on Aug. 22. Vytai Brannan / Global News

The Office of the Chief Coroner is investigating after a 27-year-old man died at an oilfield site near Alameda, Sask. Monday.

According to the chief coroner, the death is considered work-related and there is no indication of foul play.

On Aug. 21, STARS Air Ambulance said it had been dispatched to an emergency call in the Alameda area. Alameda is located 59 kilometres east of Estevan, Sask.

Tim Sweeney, corporate development manager with Spartan Energy, has confirmed the incident happened on a site owned by the company. Sweeney said the site was contracted and operated by Panther Drilling.

“It was a member of the drilling company that was involved in the incident,” Sweeney said.

The coroner has ordered an autopsy.

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The Office of the Chief Coroner said an investigation can typically take between four to six months to complete. The man’s name has not been released.

The incident is the fourth serious workplace accident in Saskatchewan over the past few weeks.

On Aug. 21, a man was injured while working underground at the Vanscoy, Sask. mine.

READ MORE: Agrium employee at Vanscoy, Sask. mine injured weeks after death of coworker

In a separate incident at the mine on Aug. 8, Chad Wiklun was caught between two pieces of equipment while underground.

Wiklun, 29, died of his injuries.

READ MORE: Worker seriously injured at Agrium’s Vanscoy, Sask. potash mine passes away

On July 21, a 21-year-old Saskatoon man died after an “industrial accident” occurred at the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan construction site.

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