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Quebec garbage truck death triggers fines

A lack of supervision was partly to blame for the death of an 18 year-old garbage collector's assistant in Mon...


A lack of supervision was partly to blame for the death of an 18 year-old garbage collector’s assistant in Montreal, according to an investigation by Quebec’s Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST).

Sylvain Cardinal Jr. was killed on October 23, 2008. It was his third day on the job.

Cardinal Jr. was riding on the back of a garbage truck alongside another worker. At some point, Cardinal Jr. fell and the driver backed up over him.

The CSST determined that the truck driver was using a dangerous method of backing up, which can lead to workers falling off the back of the truck.

Also, Cardinal Jr. was outside of the driver’s view as well as the other worker’s view.

Finally, considering Cardinal Jr.’s inexperience, there was inadequate supervision, the CSST said.

Cardinal Jr.’s employer, Sanitaire FA ltée, faces fines of up to $20,000.

In Quebec, almost 20,000 workers 24 years old and younger are injured on the job every year.

This news item first appeared in out affiliate news service Ecolog (9/1/2009 2:14:00 PM). For more information, visit www.EcoLog.com


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