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A Yellowknife Aurora Ford worker is sedated in the intensive care unit (ICU) after an incident Saturday.

Lee Cawson, vice president of Aurora Ford, confirmed the electricity-related incident took place Saturday. He said they will likely have more information in the coming days. 

Cawson said that he wouldn’t speculate what the cause of the accident may have been ahead of the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) review but that the group is cooperating fully with WSCC and will look at whatever recommendations or results come out of their investigation to prevent future incidents.  

Aurora Ford Yellowknife stayed closed to the public Monday following a serious workplace accident that sent an employee to the ICU on Saturday afternoon. Natalie Pressman/NNSL photo

Cawson said that emergency services were immediately called after the incident around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Staff while staff performed first aid while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Aurora Ford Yellowknife remained closed to the public Monday in order to provide on-site support for staff. The capital location will re-open Tuesday, though Cawson anticipates “probably not at full staff” as some may still require additional supports. 

In the five years Cawson has been in the North he said the company has never experienced anything like this. He indicated that WSCC’s on-site investigation is complete but wasn’t sure how long it would be until the review is finished in full. 

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“Our thoughts are with the injured worker, their family and all those affected by the incident,” he said in a news release issued Monday. “Aurora Ford is committed to the health and safety of all our employees and will be providing support through this difficult time.”

Reached for comment on the incident, WSCC communications Manager Maggie Collins said that as the inspection continues, “further information for public release is not available at this time.”

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