VALLEYFIELD, QC , May 27, 2014 / CNW Telbec / – On September 16, 2013, when a power outage is underway, an electrician for the electrical company Technivolt inc. is electrified when he meets a service call for a hosting center in the region. Among the root causes of the accident, the CSST identifies gaps in the connection box disconnect the generator circuit.
CSST now makes public the findings of its investigation and remind all employers of their obligation to ensure that the equipment supplied , the working methods and organization of work are safe. recall in Quebec between 2009 andin 2013, 19 workers were injured in contact with the electric current . electrified by touching fuses with bare hands the day of the accident, a blackout covering the region of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield deprives current 120,000 Hydro-Québec, subscribers whose center accommodation concerned. The generator starts from the center as it should be in case of failure, but the appliances are still not working. The center is therefore appealing to the electric company Technivolt inc. to determine the problem. Upon arrival at the scene, the electrician went into the room, plunged into total darkness, where the generator. Two center staff accompanying each with a torch. The electrician went first to the automatic transfer switch and activates before heading to the generator and disconnect box. He opens the box sectioning and performs tests using the meter in the upper part of the cabinet and the fuses.Electrician’s Multimeter deposited in the bottom of the cabinet and put both hands on the two fuses on the right. It then falls to the ground, in cardiac arrest. A doctor present at the shelter assists the electrician while help arrives.The electrician was taken to hospital, where he released a few days later. better identify hazards Investigation CSST has identified three causes for this accident. First, a failure in the automatic transfer switch blows fuses circuit that enables the generator to power the building. Then the box cutting, which was connected backwards, causes the fusible bottom remains energized during the opening of the disconnector. Finally, the electrician is electrified when he touches fuses with bare hands. CSST requires the employer to make its safe work practices Following the accident, the CSST has banned the use of severing the package generator circuit. Changing the box cutting and replacement of automatic transfer switch were allowed after the employer has provided a safe work procedure. CSST considers that the employer, electric Technivolt inc., acted to endanger the safety of workers. Accordingly, a finding of infringement was issued. For this offense, the fine can range from $ 15,698 to $ 62,790 for a first offense, and $ 31,395 to $ 156,976 for a subsequent offense.
Accidents at work, it hurts more people that think!
Every day in Quebec, 228 people are injured while working … and that’s not counting all the others who are also injured by these accidents. Spouses, children, parents, friends, colleagues, bosses: everyone suffers! Accidents and occupational diseases can be prevented through ongoing management of health and safety.
Employers and workers need to team up and participate in the identification of hazards, disposal and control.Because Quebec needs all its workers.
The investigation report of the accident is available on the website of the CSST, thehttp://www.centredoc.csst.qc.ca/pdf/ed004017.pdf
A photo of the scene of the accident is available free of duty, in JPG format, to the following address Learn more about health and safety, visit www.csst.qc.ca .
||Claudia Matteau, regional broadcaster
CSST – Regional Directorate Valleyfield
Tel. : 450 377-6200, ext 6220, or 1 800 668-2550 claudia.matteau @ csst.qc.ca
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