A worker has died following a tragic workplace accident at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport on Saturday, authorities have confirmed.
“The entire YUL airport community is in mourning today and we offer our sincere condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues,” the airport’s president and CEO Philippe Rainville said in a statement on Sunday.
The employee, who worked for the company Equans Services which specializes in “equipment and solutions,” was a man in his 50s.
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According to the Commission for standards, equity, health and safety at work (CNESST), the incident happened Saturday afternoon when the man, who was in charge of baggage handling, took the dangerous and fatal fall.
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The airport says it is making sure “to work with the partners involved in order to coordinate the presence of help and support resources for the personnel who witnessed this accident.”
CNESST inspectors arrived on site to gather information around the circumstances of the incident as well as meet with witnesses and managers in charge.
The workplace death will be investigated by either the CNESST or the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
Officials have yet to determine if the investigation would fall under provincial or federal jurisdiction.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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