The mayor of Leduc has confirmed three people have died following an incident in the Leduc Business Park on Thursday afternoon.
Global News has learned the incident happened at Millennium Cryogenic Technologies. OHS officers could be seen at the business shortly after 5:30 p.m.
“This afternoon, Leduc Fire Services and the RCMP responded to an industrial workplace incident in the Leduc Business Park where three individuals tragically lost their lives,” Bob Young said in a news release. “On behalf of Leduc City Council and administration, I want to express our deepest condolences to the co-workers and families affected by this tragic incident.
“We stand with those impacted and hold you in our thoughts and prayers. We understand that this situation is contained to the site and there are no risks to the general public.”
Young said Alberta Occupational Health & Safety and the RCMP are investigating what happened but did not provide further details. He did not say where the incident occurred.
Firefighters provided medical attention to at least one of the victims before they died. All of the victims worked at the same business. Young said at least one of the victims was from Leduc.
Leduc RCMP issued a news release Thursday evening in which they referred to the incident as a “serious workplace accident.”
Police said all three workers were men but did not provide further details about them or what they were doing when the incident happened.
OHS now has “carriage of the investigation,” the RCMP said.
Leduc city councillors held a moment of silence for the victims at a meeting on Thursday evening.
Premier Rachel Notley tweeted about what happened late Thursday afternoon.
“My heart breaks for these workers and their families,” the message reads.
“While we wait for details about how this tragic accident happened, my thoughts are with all those who are mourning this terrible loss.”
An OHS spokesperson told Global News they had no further information to provide early Thursday evening.
Millennium Cryogenic Technologies’ website says it provides “controlled thermal processing as your source for advanced material performance enhancement through cryogenic technology,” which it says “more than doubles the wear resistance and durability of most metals.”
Leduc is located about 20 minutes south of Edmonton.
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