An oilfield worker died Thursday at an Alberta drilling site after being struck in the head by a pipe during a pressure test.
The incident occurred at the Karve Energy-operated site near Consort as workers were pulling the test pipe out of the wellbore. The pipe was under pressure and hit the 35-year-old Calgary man in the head, a spokesman for Alberta Occupational Health and Safety told Upstream.
The Element Technical Services employee died at the scene.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to the scene but handed the investigation over to Alberta OHS. The probe could take up to two years, the spokesman said.
Neither Karve nor Element have a history of safety violations in Alberta, the spokesman told Upstream.
Privately held Karve is focused on the Viking oil play.