The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. about 10 km south of Tumbler Ridge, where Nabors was drilling a natural gas well for Suncor. Mr. Gaudet and other Nabors crew members were working on the site when a piece of equipment struck Mr. Gaudet. He was transported by on-site medical services to Tumbler Ridge Health Centre and died a short time later at the center.
Suncor and Nabors Drilling are cooperating with all authorities and an investigation into the cause of the accident is under way. Both companies extend their sympathy to Mr. Gaudet's family and friends.
The well was not operational at the time of the accident. Operations remain suspended pending the investigation.
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