Fort McMurray explosion injures Cape Breton man 

18 01 2016

Dave Williams, 30, in hospital following explosion at Nexen Long lake project

CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2016 11:39 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016 1:43 PM AT

Dave Williams, 30, has been identified as the worker injured in an explosion at the Nexen Long Lake project in the Alberta oilsands.

Dave Williams, 30, has been identified as the worker injured in an explosion at the Nexen Long Lake project in the Alberta oilsands. (Dave Williams/Facebook)

 

A man from Scotchtown, Cape Breton, has been identified as the worker critically injured in an explosion in Fort McMurray on Friday.

Dave Williams, 30, is a journeyman millwright at the Nexen Long Lake project.

The company said he and another worker were refitting valves on a compressor at the facility that converts hydrocarbon into a lighter oil. The second man was killed in the blast and has been identified as Drew Foster, 52. 

Williams’s cousin, Kelly MacEachern, said he sustained third-degree burns to 90 per cent of the front of his body. She said the family has been told that Williams dug himself out of the rubble of the explosion.

Long Lake explosion, Friday, January 15, 2016

The view from a helicopter after the explosion. (CBC)

MacEachern said the family was told that Williams “had a good chance” of surviving if he made it through the first 48 hours, which have now passed. She said a CT scan showed “he has a young, good, strong heart. He is a fighter.”

Williams is still in critical condition. MacEachern said “he had some complications last night. They were supposed to do some surgery this morning, but it got cancelled.”

Williams was not supposed to be on the job Friday, she said, but “went in for an extra shift.”

Williams’s parents, his brother and an aunt are by his side at the hospital while MacEachern and other family members are flying to Edmonton today.

Nexen long lake explosion

The view of the gas compression building in the hydrocracker unit after an explosion Friday, which killed one worker and critically injured a second. (Nexen)

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