CSST iden­ti­fies dan­ger­ous work method af­ter ac­ci­dent

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OnFe­bru­ary 26th, Philippe Pi­card lost his life while work­ing as an elec­tri­cian for Ser­vices

Larochelle when he touched an aerial elec­tric line that he be­lieved was a high ten­sion wire so a truck could pass un­der it. Among the causes of the ac­ci­dent, the CSST has iden­ti­fied that the work method used to al­low the truck to pass un­der the wire was dan­ger­ous.

The CSST makes pub­lic the con­clu­sions of their en­quiry in or­der to make the work com­mu­nity aware of the im­por­tance of safety while work­ing around elec­tric­ity, es­pe­cially dur­ing the plan­ning and car­ry­ing out of the work. Be­tween 2008 and 2012, not less than 985 ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing elec­tric­ity were recorded in Que­bec, with nine­teen peo­ple los­ing their lives.

The CSST found that the em­ployer acted in a man­ner that com­pro­mised the health and safety of its work­ers and a fine was given to the com­pany. For this kind of in­frac­tion, the amount of the fine var- ies be­tween $15,698 and $62,790 for a first of­fence, and be­tween $31,395 and $156,976 for a sec­ond of­fence.

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