Work accident in a butcher’s shop: the owner found guilty

Work accident in a butcher’s shop: the owner found guilty
Work accident in a butcher’s shop: the owner found guilty

Bernard Huot and his son Carl, who were responsible for the maintenance of the devices, were lax, said the judge.

The two men who were jointly accused neglected to repair an industrial chopper, which was supposed to stop when the lid was opened.

In November 2016, an 18-year-old employee, Olivier Bouchard, sustained serious injuries to his head and arm after falling into the aircraft.

The two defendants tried to put some of the blame on the employee, but the judge rejected their claims.

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She described the testimony of the two men during their trial as implausible.

At the time of the tragedy, the safety device that was to stop the device had been defective for two years.

It had been bypassed so that production could continue. It was never repaired afterwards.

Laxity and contempt

According to Judge Annie Trudel, the company has demonstrated laxity and contempt in occupational safety.

Beyond the faulty device, company culture played a role in the verdict.

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Justice Trudel argues that there was no occupational health and safety program at Boucherie Huot.

In addition, the magistrate notes that the new employees did not benefit from any reception and training service.

She points out that the victim had had minimal training by a unilingual Spanish person, who used signs to explain the operation of the devices.

Bernard Huot was more concerned with performance and production than the safety of his employees

Annie Trudel, judge at the Court of Quebec

In fact, the judge believes that Mr. Huot was concerned about safety, only when waiting for a visit from an inspector from the CNESST.

Permanent sequelae

It sure can’t change me, said the victim, leaving the courtroom.

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Having suffered a severe head trauma, he still has the consequences of the events. He is now unfit for work.

He initiated a $ 300,000 civil lawsuit against his former employers. The case is still pending before the Superior Court.

As for the criminal case, Bernard and Carl Huot are due to return to court next month for sentencing.

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