The family of a Syncrude worker is mourning the loss of a loved one.

Aman was found unconscious at the company’s Mildred Upgrader Wednesday morning. The man was discovered in a catwalk in the upgrader’s hydro processing area, said Syncrude.

The company says its emergency response team provided immediate attention to the man, who was later taken to a hospital in Fort McMurray where he died.

“This tragedy is especially sad given that it comes at a time of year when we are celebrating with our families and friends,” said Syncrude CEO Tom Katinas in a release.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Occupational Health and Safety is investigating how the man died. A spokeswoman says the worker may have been struck by a large piece of ice.

Syncrude says counsellors were on scene working with the man’s co-workers to help with their grieving.
The name of the deceased has not been released.

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