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The presence of dust on these electrical systems can cause electric arcs.
This room must generally be equipped with an air intake system to maintain positive pressure and avoid dust dispersion.
Even though 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 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 Tribunal of work issues five exemptions and returns the file to the CNESST so that it can follow up on the recommendations.
At the time of publication, neither Horne Foundry management nor the union had responded to our interview requests.
The workers' union is satisfied with this judgment and is already seeing improvements.
We see it a bit like a case law, because although we have several buildings on the entire site, it is still designed more or less in the same way: we have electrical distribution rooms everywhere , we have conveyor systems everywhere, foam jets 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.
At the time of publication, Horne Foundry management had not responded to our interview requests.
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