Fatality at Weyerhaeuser saw mill in Canada

The Grand Prairie lumber mill was the site of a Nov. 18 accident in which one worker was killed.

Photo By Weyerhaeuser

GRANDS PRAIRIE, Alberta — A Weyerhaeuser employee died after being struck by an object at the company's lumber mill in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

The Nov. 18 accident is currently under investigation by the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety provincial agency.  The name of the worker, and details of the accident were not released pending an investigation.

Ken McQuaig, the mill's manager, told the Canadian Broadcasting Company, This tragedy is felt deeply throughout our organization. Our thoughts are with his family, and we're providing as much support to them as we can.

"We have encouraged everyone on our team to take time to be with their families and care for themselves and one another, and we're thankful for all of the support from our community during this challenging time." 

Details of the incident remain unknown as the investigations are underway, according to the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune.

Mary Catherine McAleer, Weyerhaeuser's Government Relations Manager, told the newspaper that, “…while we cannot provide additional details at this time, we are cooperating fully with the RCMP and OH&S as well as conducting our own internal safety review. The mill is shut down for these investigations.”


Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user larryadams
About the author
Larry Adams | Editor

Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).