Farm employee critically injured

Fall while silaging grain in Godmanchester

Denis Bourbonnais denis.bourbonnais@tc.tc
Publié le 11 octobre 2016

A work accident involving an employee at Ferme Leblanc in Godmanchester is under investigation. A fifty-five year old man remains in critical condition at the Montreal General Hospital .

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A fifty five year old man was seriously injured as the result of a work accident on Wednesday October 5th at a dairy farm located on route 138 in Godmanchester.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., the employee at Ferme Leblanc was operating a mobile grain auger and was silaging grain when he fell approximately 20 feet (6.6 meters). The resident of Godmanchester fell to the ground and fractured his skull on impact with the gravel.

The man in his fifties was taken by ambulance to the Hôpital du Suroit in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and then transferred to the Montreal General where he remains in critical condition as this goes to press.

According to information provided by the Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC Sûreté du Québec, the man was outside the silo on the equipment being used to move the grain when he lost his footing.

The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) has launched an inquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding this accident.

Translated by Cathleen Johnston