Canada’s Building Trades Unions Applaud First Responders at Irving Oil Incident

Oct 10, 2018

Over the weekend, a fire stemming from an explosion occurred at the Irving Oil Refinery, sending some workers to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Canada’s Building Trades Unions wish those workers who were sent to hospital a speedy and full recovery and applauds the swift action of the workers on site, the Irving Oil team and the first responders on their orderly and safe handling of the incident.

Health and safety are paramount on any job. Our hope each and every day is that our loved ones return home in the same condition in which they left. To that end, Canada’s Building Trades Unions are committed to continuing to make workplaces safer. We do that by training our members to be the most skilled and safest workers in the industry and, by working closely with our industry partners like Irving Oil. We are extremely proud of our relationship with Irving Oil, where safety is a “value that never changes”. It’s something they practice in all they do.

As the nearly 3000 tradespeople return to site, we ask that you continue to look out for one another, reflect on lessons learned, and continue to do what you do best – a good job and safe work!

Canada’s Building Trades Unions represents over half a million Canadian construction workers – members of 15 international unions who work in more than 60 different trades and occupations, and generate 14 per cent of Canada’s GDP.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Kate Walsh
Director of Communications

Canada’s Building Trades Unions