Man airlifted to Calgary hospital after incident at steelmaking coal operation in B.C.

File photo of a STARS Air Ambulance helicopter. STARS Air Ambulance

A man was airlifted to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre on Monday following a workplace incident that had him initially taken to a hospital in Elkford, B.C., according to a spokesperson for STARS Air Ambulance.

STARS said they did not have details on the patient’s condition but said the man is about 30 years old. They did not provide details about the workplace incident that led to his hospitalization.

Teck Resources Ltd. said the “serious incident” unfolded around noon local time at a contractor maintenance shop at its Greenhills site, which is a steelmaking coal operation.

In a statement issued to Global News, the company said the worker was a contract employee. It described the worker’s injuries as “serious.”

“We are focused on providing all the support we can to the affected contract employee, his family and colleagues at this difficult time,” Teck Resources Ltd. said. “No other employees or contractors were injured, and there is no ongoing safety or environmental risk.

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“Appropriate authorities have been notified, and an investigation into the incident will be undertaken.”

The company’s Greenhills operation is located about eight kilometres northeast of Elkford.​

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