CSST identifies dangerous work method after accident
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.