8th Alberta worker killed on the job since Nov. 1

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the eighth workplace death in the province since the beginning of November.

RCMP say a worker was killed Friday morning at the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Horizon Oil Sands mine near Fort McMurray.

The man died at 8:50 a.m. Friday in a collision involving heavy mining equipment, the company said.

RCMP and OHS are investigating, along with a municipal traffic unit and a collision reconstructionist.

Operations at the mine were suspended while the investigation takes place.

According to OHS spokesperson Brookes Merritt there were 51 workplace deaths in the province in 2012 and 52 in 2013. So far in 2014, 52 people have died while on the job.

Merritt said there is no link between the eight deaths in the past month.

“These types of things aren’t really ever much more than a series of tragic coincidences,” he said.

“When you look at the year, year over year as a whole, the number of workplace fatalities — while every single one is tragic — [it’s] not a number that is particularly spiking this year.”

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