Four people died in a residential building accident in Bas-Saint-Laurent

Four people died in a residential building accident in Bas-Saint-Laurent

In Saint-Léandre in Bas-Saint-Laurent, four people died in a serious construction accident on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m., four people, two women and two men, stood on a scissor lift before falling several meters, Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesman Stéphane Tremblay said.

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According to preliminary findings, the platform overturned while the victims were still there.

The tragedy occurred in the grounds of a house under construction, on rue Principale, in Saint-Léandre.

Hear details of the investigation with an interview with Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Stéphane Tremblay:

Fatal injuries

Officials initially said the first person died at the scene. Three other people were taken to a hospital center where they were pronounced dead later in the evening or night.

The dead are a 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man from Saint-Léandre, the owner of the house. They were accompanied by the man’s parents, a 53-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man from Rivière-du-Loup.

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Very young

Neighbor Jeanne-Paul Saucier responded to the deaths of the two owners of the nearly finished house on the airwaves of TVA Nouvelles at noon Sunday.

“I was very emotional because I was so young. The house was built so quickly and so well [propriétaires] There wouldn’t have been time to live, it was terrible for me,” she laments.

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Domestic accident

The Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) has been notified, but no investigation has taken place on their part because it was not a work accident. Work, according to SQ.

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However, an inquiry has been initiated by the SQ to understand the circumstances of the accident. According to the speaker, an imbalance or excess weight on stage can cause tragic events.

A mechanical inspection will be conducted on the forklift to determine if a malfunction caused the accident.

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