REGINA - A construction worker has died following an accident related to the Regina International Airport runway overlay project.
In a news release Saturday, the airport confirmed that at approximately 11:30 pm on Friday May 26, a serious accident occurred involving a construction worker on airport property. The incident is related to the overlay project to rehabilitate runway 13-31, the main runway.
The airport reports that emergency responders attended the scene immediately, but the injuries the individual suffered were fatal.
Both the Regina Police Service and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service worked into the early morning hours on the airfield, and federal occupational health and safety workers will conduct an investigation, according to the airport. Next of kin are in the process of being notified.
In a further statement released this morning, James Bogusz, President and CEO of Regina Airport Authority, said the following:
“The federal occupational health and safety investigation is underway, but we understand it may be several weeks until that is completed. We will not be identifying the individual for privacy reasons, and we refer you to the corner’s contact information provided in the earlier release. This is such as sad, tragic situation, and we will be respecting those involved and their families.
“Regular contact and support is being provided to those involved and will continue to be throughout.
“Runway construction is being halted over the weekend so everyone can regroup. We expect to be back in the field on Monday. There are no disruptions to airport operations or flights expected.”