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The presence of dust on these electrical systems can cause electric arcs.
This room should generally have an air intake system to maintain positive pressure and prevent dust dispersion.
Even if he indicates that he is not an expert, the prevention representative maintains in his testimony that dust from metal concentrates can cause electric arcs.
The employer's representative maintains that the copper concentrate is not flammable.
The judge rules: the Foundry does not comply with the regulations in force.
Considering the significant presence of dust on the electrical components of room 170 in September 2021, that the evidence does not allow us to conclude that the situation has been corrected and that there is a risk of combustion, there is reason to conclude that the situation contravenes regulations and standards, we can read in the judgment of October 23, 2023.
In total, the Administrative Labor Tribunal issues five exemptions and refers the file to the CNESST so that it can follow up on the recommendations.
At the time of publish, the management of the Horne Foundry did not respond to our request for an interview.
The workers' union is satisfied of this judgment and is already seeing improvements.
We see it a bit like case law, because we may have several buildings on the entire site, that's when even designed more or less the same way: we have electrical distribution rooms everywhere, we have conveyor systems everywhere, foam sprinklers everywhere. So if we ever see that the same type of breakage occurs, we will be able to use our judgment to make things happen, concludes Shawn Smith.
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