Cargill employee falls in effluent well

High River: Employee back to work March 18

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 06:00 am

Emergency personnel respond after a Cargill employee fell into an effluent wet well March 15 at the facility north of High River. He was back at work on March 18.
Emergency personnel respond after a Cargill employee fell into an effluent wet well March 15 at the facility north of High River. He was back at work on March 18.
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Alberta Occupational Health and Safety is investigating an incident at Cargill Meat Solutions after an employee fell into an effluent well at the meat plant south of Okotoks last week.

The 53-year-old male employee was mopping a concrete floor when it gave way at approximately 4 p.m. on March 15 and he fell into a well. He was taken to hospital and released the same day.

“There is an investigation, not because there is a major injury, but because there was a structure collapse,” said Lisa Glover, a spokeswoman for Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (AOHS).

“He was mopping and a part of the floor gave way and he fell into an effluent wet well.”

The employee was working in a facility northeast of the main plant at Cargill. Glover did not know what was in the wet well.

Steve Grant, spokesman for Alberta Health Services, said its ambulance was on scene by 4:15 p.m. He said the Cargill employee was taken to High River Hospital and “was completely stable.”

Representatives from the High River Fire Department and the High River RCMP detachment also responded.

Cargill spokesperson Brigitte Burgoyne said the employee was back at work on March 18.

Glover was unable to comment as to when the AOHS investigation will be complete.

The Cargill plant is approximately three kilometres north of High River on Highway 2A.


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