Samatar Sahal, died in a workplace accident Tuesday afternoon at a pipeline construction site which is part of the Trans mountain pipeline route. The accident happened at a work site on the northwestern corner of the intersection between Whitemud Drive and Winterburn Road/215 .The worker was struck by a piece of equipment and died, a spokesperson with the government ministry responsible for OHS investigations said.
Samatar Sahal was a 40 year old who left behind a wife and four children, including a newborn, his family said. He had worked in construction for many years, according to a GoFundMe raising money to cover funeral expenses and help support the young family.
"As family, as friends, as a community, we express our sadness, we acknowledge our loss, acknowledge the great importance of my uncle’s life and the lost to us that his passing brings. We ask for answers and for sincere closure,” his niece, Hani Mohamed, said at the site of Sahal’s death Wednesday afternoon.
SA Energy released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to confirm a fatality has occurred at the SA Energy construction site in Edmonton, Alta. Our operations have been put on hold, and we are cooperating fully with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety in respect of the incident. Our prayers and sympathies are with our employee’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”
Work at the site has been halted and two CER safety specialists are overseeing Trans Mountain's investigation of the incident, the regulator said in a statement dated Wednesday.