Quebec -- A third accident involving heavy machinery occurred Monday at the wind farm the Lordship of Beaupré when a construction vehicle overturned in a ditch. The Jaws of Life were needed to get the driver of his vehicle, but he suffered only minor injuries despite a steep fall of five meters.
"The ambulance was called, but we were told that the driver involved in the accident [remained] in a conscious state," recalls Patricia Lemaire, spokesman for the company Boralex, a leading proponent of the project. The operator of the vehicle is employed by the general contractor Borea. He was traveling in his tractor with a bucket when it overturned for an unknown reason. No hazardous product was spilled since the machine used to unload wind turbine components.
"Enhanced" training and awareness
This is the third accident to occur on the site of the park during the past year. The other two accidents, however, proved more tragic, with two workers who were killed in September and November 2012. According to Ms. Lemaire, it is "three separate events," no linkage between them. However, it states that training and safety awareness among workers have been "enhanced" in recent months due to circumstances.
The spokesman also said that at the height where the accident occurred Monday, the gravel road is "adapted" to the movement of large trucks. An internal investigation is underway. As for the Commission on Health and Safety, the publicist Pierre Gagnon confirmed that an inspector will visit the site on Tuesday morning to shed light on the event.
"There are several reasons that may have led to the accident, including a wrong turn," he specified.
(Google-assisted translation from Canadian French to English.)