The lack of protection around an industrial mixer on a Quebec farm was the cause of the death of a foreign worker last year, confirmed the Quebec Work Safety Commission (CNESST).
The conclusions of the report were made public Thursday by the commission which investigated the death that occurred at Ferme Norlou, a farm located in the municipality of Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, in Mauricie, which occurred on October 19, 2022, at the beginning from morning hours.
The investigation, led by inspectors Mathieu Ruel and Daniel Lemieux, revealed that the crucial safety deficiencies were the absence of a danger sign on the equipment and the absence of protection on the mixer door.
The CNESST claims that the emergency label affixed to the machine indicating the risks a*sociated with the use of the mixer was illegible.
The commission believes that these factors contributed to the death of the foreign worker whose body was found at 6 a.m. in the mixer. He prepared feed for the cows, using the blender to combine different nutrients for the livestock.
Audréane Lafrenière, communications officer for the CNESST, wrote in her report that the man was trying to remove food stuck in the door opening while the machine was in operation when his clothes got caught in a moving part and dragged it into the blender, where it was crushed. the death.
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Emergency services were immediately called but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The farm owner quickly complied with the commission’s safety requirements, which included ceasing use of the machine involved in the fatality and adding all necessary safety features to the equipment.
The report contained no details on the man’s age, his country of origin or how long he had worked there.
A report released earlier this year found the number of temporary foreign workers is on the rise in Quebec, and the province’s labor minister said he expected that trend to continue.
In March, Labor Minister Jean Boulet told a news conference that the number of foreign workers had increased to 38,500 in 2022, up from 23,300 in 2019.
Another report from 2022 reveals that up to 80 percent of people affected by workplace accidents in Montreal are immigrants.
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