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Syncrude worker fatally injured at Aurora site near Fort McMurray

The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a tailings pond near the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on June 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – An investigation is underway after Syncrude confirmed a worker was fatally injured at the Aurora site near Fort McMurray over the weekend.

Emergency crews responded to the site at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday.

In a press release, Syncrude said the employee was operating an excavator at the time of the incident.

“Unfortunately, the employee was fatally injured despite emergency response efforts,” reads the release, which adds that no other workers were injured.

“In an organization like ours where safety is the top priority, it’s tremendously difficult when we experience such a tragic loss,” said Andrew Rosser, Senior Vice President of Production.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss and our thoughts are with the employee’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Wood Buffalo RCMP and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety are investigating the death, while Syncrude has also launched its own investigation.