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Fatal accident at Melkøya

September 16, 2002, 16:30 CEST

A man died today, 16 September, as the result of injuries sustained during work at Melkøya near Hammerfest in Finnmark county.

The accident occurred when the dumper truck the man was driving overturned. He was removing rock masses at the industrial site where the Snøhvit project's gas liquefaction plant is to be built.

The injured man was taken by boat and ambulance to hospital in Hammerfest but unfortunately his life could not be saved.

All work at Melkøya has been stopped and the area where the accident occurred has been cordoned off. The police and the Directorate of Labour Inspection have been notified.

The deceased was employed by the AFS-Pihl group which is responsible for blasting and levelling of the industrial site at Melkøya.

Statoil has launched an internal committee of inquiry to investigate the cause of the accident.