Trial on charges of criminal negligence in a butcher shop

Procès pour des accusations de négligence criminelle dans une boucherie

January 13, 2020 11h44

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Trial on charges of criminal negligence in a butcher shop

Procès pour des accusations de négligence criminelle dans une boucherie

Isabelle Mathieu

The Sun

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A young employee of the Boucherie Huot of Saint-Nicolas was seriously injured in November 2016 when he fell into a meat grinder. The court heard from today the trial of the former bosses of the company, accused of criminal negligence causing assault with bodily injury.

Bernard Huot, 69 years and his son Carl, aged 37 years, have sold the business to Viandex in the summer of 2016. But they were still in this position on 10 November 2016, when a young employee of 18 years and is stuck in an arm and the head in a large machine used to mix and grind the beef.

The dramatic scene has been filmed by surveillance cameras in the factory. The judge Annie Trudel of the Court of Québec has had access to the images from the opening of the trial.

You can see the young employee Olivier Bouchard climbing up on a stepladder, the top of the chopper which the lid is opened and the mechanism stopped at this time. For a reason that remains unclear, the employee fell into the big vat made of stainless steel and its body was caught by the auger and the blades. The employee was wearing a safety helmet.

Co-workers were immediately rushed to help him. The young man was stuck for at least five minutes. His colleagues have subsequently extended the employee unconscious on a counter and have administered first aid while calling the emergency services.

The arrival of the first patrol, Olivier Bouchard had a strong bleeding to the head and the arms and the head to be distorted. He was rushed to the hospital. He will testify later during the trial.

The policemen of Lévis have found the employees to return to their posts, but strongly shaken by the event. The police has suggested to the owners to stop the production and of the social workers moved to the factory in order to meet witnesses of the accident.

The machine, where an accident occurred, has been padlocked. Parallel investigations of the police force of Lévis and the CNESST are then put in motion.

More details to come

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