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OHS investigating workplace death at West Fraser Timber Slave Lake pulp mill

CANADA (From news reports) -- The company that operates Slave Lake Pulp has confirmed that a contractor was killed at the site on Wednesday, March 13.

"A contractor was fatally injured at our pulp operation in Slave Lake. The incident occurred when the individual was working to repair a piece of mobile equipment. The mill was not operating at the time," said Joyce Wagenaar, communications director for West Fraser, which operates Slave Lake Pulp.

The spokesperson said West Fraser is cooperating with Alberta Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) during its investigation.

"Our thoughts are with the individual's family, colleagues, and our Slave Lake Pulp team during this difficult time," Wagenaar said.

Alberta Health Services said EMS responded to a site in Lesser Slave River just before 2 p.m. on March 13. A man was pronounced dead, AHS said.

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