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Deputy PM responds to death of worker on Trans Mountain expansion

Last Updated Oct 28, 2020 at 10:40 am MDT

FILE - Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference on parliament hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister said she is “deeply saddened” to learn someone working on the Trans Mountain expansion project has died.

A piece of equipment reportedly struck and killed the worker at the west Edmonton site Tuesday afternoon.

Crystia Freeland took to Twitter saying the government is closely following the situation as Occupational Health and Safety investigates.

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with the worker’s loved ones, friends, and colleagues,” said Freeland. “This incident is tragic and unacceptable.”

The worker was employed by SA Energy Group, a company contracted by Trans Mountain for the expansion.