Fire at the Cascades factory in Témiscouata: a fireman who died because of the collapse of a ventilation duct

Incendie à l'usine Cascades au Témiscouata: pompier décédé à cause de l'effondrement d'un conduit de ventilation

MATANE – The collapse of a ventilation duct occurred in the aftermath of a fire that was declared at the Cascades factory in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, on the 1st of may, has claimed the life of a volunteer firefighter Carmel Moreault. This is the main conclusion of the survey conducted by the CNESST.

Around 19: 30, the night of the accident, a fire broke out in the section of the drying section of the paper machine of the Cascades factory Packaging containerboard Cabano. Firefighters were immediately called to respond to the scene. To 20.45, M. Moreault and two other firefighters conduct a reconnaissance and final location of loss in order to ensure that the fire has been completely mastered. At the time the firefighter Moreault passes under the section in charge of water from a ventilation duct for the drying of the paper, it falls on him from above. The man is identified by his colleagues, and then transported to the hospital, where his death is recorded.

Two causes are retained by the standards Commission, equity, health and safety in the workplace (CNESST): the design of the ventilation system has resulted in the accumulation of water and has caused the breakage of its mounting brackets. Following the conclusions of the investigation, the Cascades has installed restraint systems to stabilize the load of the ventilation duct, and a drain to evacuate the water.

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