The day after the judgment of guilty of criminal negligence causing bodily harm rendered against the former owner of Boucherie Huot and his son, the CNESST made public its investigation findings.
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The investigation conducted by the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) established four causes to explain the tragedy that occurred on November 10, 2016.
That day, Olivier Bouchard, a new employee at the South Shore company, found his head and arm stuck in a meat grinder, leaving him with serious consequences.
According to the report, “bypassing the interlocking system of the chopper guard exposed the worker to moving parts and the management relating to the upkeep and maintenance of the chopper was deficient” in the company then owned by Bernard. Huot.
In addition, as underlined in the judgment rendered Monday by Judge Annie Trudel, the lack of training and supervision of the young worker meant that the latter “was unaware of the proper functioning of the chopper and the dangers inherent in its use”.
Following the accident, the CNESST had prohibited the use of the involved chopper as well as another chopper connected to it.
In order to be able to reuse the devices, the butcher’s shop, which has since passed into the hands of Viandex, had to make several modifications, in particular that of having to establish a procedure for the daily control of the functioning of the chopper’s safety device.
Workers who operate this machine should also be made aware of the “manufacturer’s safety guidelines and safe work methods to follow,” the report reads.
“Bypassing an equipment safety device goes against the Act respecting occupational health and safety (LSST), the resulting regulations and the rules of the art”, noted the investigators on file.
To prevent such an accident from happening again, the CNESST will therefore ask the Association des Bouchers et Bouchères du Québec, the Association des Marchands Dépanneurs et Grociers du Québec and the Association des retailants en alimentation du Québec inform their members of the findings of the investigation.
“In addition, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education will disseminate, for information and educational purposes, the survey report in training establishments offering the program of studies in butchery”, he said. mentioned.