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Quebec construction worker dies after equipment falls on him, investigation underway

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Worker dies after equipment falls on him at downtown Montreal construction site
Quebec's workplace health and safety board (CNESST) is investigating a fatal incident at a construction site in downtown Montreal on Wednesday. The victim, a man in his early 20s, died after heavy equipment fell on him. The investigation will look into whether the extreme heat may have been a contributing factor in the man's death. – Jun 19, 2024

Quebec’s workplace health and safety board (CNESST) is investigating a fatal incident at a construction site in downtown Montreal on Wednesday.

Authorities say just after 11:15 a.m., heavy equipment fell on a construction worker in his early 20s. He died instantly in front of several construction crew members who witnessed the incident at the site on the intersection of Square-Phillips and Cathcart.

The work site, managed by Magil Construction, was temporarily closed as inspectors took over the scene. The construction work was taking place on a tall condo tower.

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“I am saddened to learn of the death of a worker in downtown Montreal,” Labour Minister Jean Boulet wrote in a statement.

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“My sympathies go out to his family and colleagues. CNESST investigators are mobilized to conduct an inquiry to establish the circumstances of this unfortunate accident.”

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CNESST spokesperson Marie-Claude Normandin told Global the investigation will look into whether working during an extreme heat wave could have possibly been a factor in what might have been a human error accident.

Wednesday marked the second consecutive day of “dangerously hot and humid” weather conditions slamming southern Quebec and Ontario, with daytime highs reaching between 30 C and 35 C with humidex values of 40 to 45, according to Environment Canada.

Montreal police will assist the CNESST in the investigation.

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