young worker was killed a year ago near James Bay due to lack of training.
Fernand Gilbert ltée was charged by the Commission de la santé et de la
sécurité du travail (CSST) in March of 2009 with "failing to protect the
health and safety of its workers."
"The incident took
place on January 11, 2008, notes the report, on a project that
was part of the $2 billion Rupert River diversion project, led
by Société d’énergie de la Baie James, a subsidiary of Hydro
The two workers were replacing a rear wheel on a 50-tonne dump
truck in the company’s service area. After placing the wheel
on its axle and filling the tire up part way, they proceeded
to fasten it with screws. Suddenly, the tire exploded, sending
both workers flying.
David Girard, 22, sustained fatal injuries to his head, while
the other worker was seriously injured."
"The report notes
that the operation requires high-level technical knowledge.
Crucially, the workers were not aware of the dangers of
inflating a tire that is less than 80 per cent full without
first removing the wheel and inspecting it thoroughly. The
investigation also found that the employer was aware of the
risks involved in replacing truck tires. Indeed, its own
prevention program specified that a safety cage be used when
replacing tires, although no such cage was available on site.
Turgeon notes that Fernand Gilbert has 30 days to contest the
charges, after which a judge will decide on a fine between
$5,000 and $20,000. Representatives from the company could not
be reached for comment."
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