Man injured in Newfoundland and Labrador refinery blast dies
COME BY CHANCE, NL –
One of the workers injured in the Sept. 2 explosion at the Come By Chance refinery in Newfoundland has died, refinery owner Braya Renewables said.
The explosion at the refinery about 150 kilometers west of St. John’s sent eight people to hospital. Six workers have returned home and one remains in hospital.
« We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, » Braya Renewables said in an emailed statement.
Glenn Nolan, president of United Steelworkers Local 9316, which represents many refinery workers, identified the deceased as union member Shawn Peddle.
The union posted a Facebook tribute on Sunday notifying members of Peddle’s death, saying « it’s a very sad day » and offering condolences to his family.
The post said Peddle died in hospital after « fighting for his life for the past six weeks. »
The cause of the explosion and subsequent fire at the refinery is being investigated by police and the province’s occupational health and safety division.
The refinery, which is a main source of employment in the region, was once an oil production facility that was being converted into a renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel operation.
Braya Renewables said in a statement that the deceased worker was « a well-known Braya worker and an integral part of the team working on the refinery conversion ».
The refinery said it « will do everything in its power to learn from this tragedy and help prevent similar incidents from happening. »
The union’s Facebook post about the death says the tragedy was ‘preventable’ and calls on the RCMP to investigate the incident under Westray law and to ‘leave no stone unturned’.
Bill C-45 – also known as the Westray Act – was introduced in 2003 to amend the Criminal Code and add new legal responsibilities for occupational health and safety and impose penalties for offenses resulting in death or injury.
The law is named after the Westray mining disaster in which 26 miners were killed when methane gas ignited at the coal mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia in May 1992.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 16, 2022.
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