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CANADA: Arc Flash Victims get Air Lifted

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

REGINA, CANADA — The STARS air ambulance is to received $10 million over the next five years from the province’s Crown corporations.

The Crown Investments Corporation, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskTel and SGI will each contribute $2 million toward this initiative within the five-year time frame.

“STARS is a natural fit for the Crowns to support,” Donna Harpauer, minister of Crown investments. said in a news release. “The government as a whole has committed to support STARS and the Crowns have crews working in rural and remote areas across the province, sometimes in hazardous conditions. We all have a stake in public safety and emergency response.”

STARS began providing service out of Regina on April 30 and the Saskatoon service followed on Oct. 15.

On Dec. 12, the air ambulance services was called after two SaskPower employees were injured.

“There was a workplace incident, there were no fatalities,” said Heather Johnson, SaskPower spokeswoman. “Two employees did suffer injuries as a result of an electrical arc flash. They are recovering from those injuries.”

However due to the weather STARS was unable to transport the two victims for treatment.

Johnson said she was unable to provide any more additional information about the injuries sustained by the two workers because “that’s personal health information.”

She said SaskPower is currently investigating the incident.

“We are in co-operation with Labour Relations and Workplace Safety,” said Johnson.

Alter is located 120 kilometres east of Estevan and three kms from the Manitoba border.

To date, STARS has flown more than 140 missions in Saskatchewan.

“We’re extremely grateful for this support,” said Rod Gantefoer STARS foundation executive director in a news release. “We’re still a young organization in this province and this will allow us to be there when we’re needed as we continue to build our fundraising capacity.”

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CANADA: Arc Flash at SIAST

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Regina, Canada: SIAST building at Wascana Campus in Regina will remain closed Wednesday after an electrical surge Monday caused blacked out power for all of Tuesday.  The Canadian Security Exam scheduled for this evening will be held at the SIAST Wascana Parkway Centre. Daytime Basic Education and ESL classes have been transferred to the SIAST Wascana Parkway Centre until power is restored.

Around 9:30 Monday night, a 29-year-old man was working on an upgrade being done to the electrical system of the building.  What happened next is being described as an arc-flash incident.  The man was sent to hospital but he will be fine. As of Tuesday night the power was still out at the building.  “We’re not even 100 percent certain that it was an arc flash,” explained Richard Murray with the Ministry of Central Services, “I’ve heard the term arc flash bandied about here today.  But until the investigation is complete, I’m not even certain if that’s what we’re facing here.” The building is run by the province.  Murray added that there is no danger to the public or students.

All normal operations were shut down at the building Tuesday including a couple of summer classes. A few summer classes were temporarily moved to SIAST’s Wascana Parkway Centre.
Tuesday evening, the school announced the main building would remain shut down for Wednesday as well.

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