Death of man at Suncor oilsands site in northern Alberta not suspicious: RCMP

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – RCMP say the death of a man found in a dumping area at the Suncor (TSX:SU) oilsands site in northern Alberta is not suspicious.

Officers found the 40-year-old man from Fort McMurray after responding to a call about a missing person.

Police say he was buried in sand as the result of a workplace accident.

Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal (sun-NAY’ SEE’-tul) says a search began Sunday morning when Jerry Cooper didn’t show up for a meeting and wasn’t answering his radio.

She says Cooper was found submerged in an area of the sand dump — a mixture of sand and water — at the mine site’s extraction area. He was pronounced dead.

Cooper had worked for Suncor for 13 years, Seetal said, adding he was a tailings operator.

She says a Suncor official has met with Cooper’s family and has extended condolences to them.

Occupational health and safety officials are involved in the police investigation.