UPDATE: The Calfrac Energy Services employee who lost his life on the job early Wednesday morning has been identified as 28 year old Jack Shawn Eyles of Kelowna. He was married with two children.
A Calfrac Well Services crew based out of the Grande Prairie area is getting grief counselling today after their coworker was killed in an incident at a well site early Wednesday morning.
The fatality occurred at roughly 1:30 a.m. while fracking at a Progress Energy site 175 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John, B.C.
Calfrac spokesperson Ed Oke says the site has been shut down for WorkSafe BC’s investigation, and the 21 employees are back in Grande Prairie.
“[We] provided them with counselling services and debriefed them on what had happened. The local employees will return home on paid leave for a period of time, and the rotating employees will fly out of Grande Prairie today to their home to spend time with their families.”
Oke maintains that employee safety is their top priority, and when there is a tragic incident like this one, the focus immediately goes to their family, friends, and colleagues.
“We spend a lot of time working with the family to make sure that they’re okay and do what we can for them, and also take care of the employees that were on site and were coworkers and friends of this individual and make sure that they’re okay and that they have the time and resources they need to get back to work in a healthy way.”
The worker has been identified as 28 year old Jack Shawn Eyles of Kelowna, B.C.