NOVA Chemicals Statement – Industrial accident at the PE 1 expansion project construction site results in contractor fatality

CALGARY, Alberta, April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Statement from Bill Greene, senior vice president:

"At approximately 9:00 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, April 27, there was an industrial accident at our NOVA Chemicals PE1 Expansion Project construction site at our Joffre Site manufacturing facilities. While working on a stationary crane at the construction site, a contractor came in contact with equipment resulting in severe trauma. NOVA Chemicals Joffre Site emergency personnel responded to the incident and rescued the worker from the crane. Paramedics transported the worker to the Red Deer Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Occupational Health and Safety and the Blackfalds RCMP responded to the incident.

Work was suspended at the PE1 construction site and the site was secured and investigation has begun. No other injuries or operational impacts have been reported in relation to this incident. We are collaborating fully with the regulatory authorities as they carry out their investigation.

This is an extremely sad day at NOVA Chemicals. Our belief is that every employee and contractor must go home safely – today that didn't happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of the worker. As we recognize that during a difficult time like this, distractions can easily happen, we want to encourage employees to remain vigilant and look out for one another.

Our first priority is always the safety of our employees, contractors and the community."

About NOVA Chemicals Corporation

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals, plastic resins and end-products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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