UNION GAS REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH MINISTRY OF LABOUR ON CHARGES RELATING TO WINDSOR PIPELINE INCIDENT IN 2003
Union Gas was fined for failing to take reasonable precaution to ensure that a handle was removed from a gas flow stopper machine while cutting or welding occurred on a natural gas pipeline.
The incident involved an explosion and fire which injured two Union Gas employees and two employees of its contractor, Aecon. One of the Aecon employees later died from his injuries.
“Union Gas deeply regrets the events surrounding this incident and we again wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the family of the Aecon employee who died of his injuries and to the injured Union Gas and Aecon employees and their families,” said Mel Ydreos, Union Gas vice-president, operations. “We hope this settlement will help to bring closure to this issue and avoid placing additional stress on the affected employees and their families.
“While our company is recognized as an industry leader in safety and we have highly trained workers and no prior convictions, we have thoroughly reviewed our operational and safety procedures as a result of this tragic incident. Additional safety procedures are now in place to avoid a reoccurrence of this kind,” Ydreos said.
Union Gas is an integrated natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company serving about 1.2 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities in southwestern, northern and eastern