Four men working at Trunkline LNG installing pipeline were injured on Monday. The construction accident happened when some scaffolding gave way. Early reports said there was a fire or explosion at the scene.
Despite those early and incorrect rumors of an explosion, Barnett says what did happen inside the plant was taken just as seriously. Around 2:15 this afternoon, he says, the scaffolding the contract construction workers used somehow gave way, and Acadian Ambulance was called to take the victims to area hospitals.
“We make sure that all the contract employees undergo terminal safety training before they start the work. We do everything we possibly can to keep this from happening,” says Barnett.
Two of the men were treated and released. A third is listed in stable condition and the fourth is listed in critical condition. The accident is being investigated by local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is unknown why the scaffolding collapsed.