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Welding caused the explosion of Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan

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Welding work was carried out on the chassis of a tank trailer which contained hydrocarbons, causing an explosion. (Archive photo)

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Welding work inside the garage of the Propane Lafortune company in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, in Lanaudière, caused the explosion which killed three people last January. This is what the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) determined in a report made public on Tuesday.

On the day of the accident, January 12, 2023, a worker from Soudure A.C. was sealing cracks in a tanker truck inside the garage of Propane Lafortune. when sparks from his tool came into contact with gasoline vapor, according to the report.

This work caused an explosion leading to a fire which completely destroyed the building. Three people died as a result of the accident, including the welder and two employees from the office of Gaston R. Lafortune, the owner of the company.

The report notes that this welding work, carried out inside a building, endangered the workers there.

For the inspector of the North Shore Prevention-Inspection Directorate of the CNESST, Martin Rondeau, this investigation was special since it looked into an accident which had a serious social impact. It was complex due to the destruction of the accident scene.

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The intervention of the firefighters was not easy during the accident last January. (File photo)

It was a disaster, as much for the community of Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan as for the two businesses and the families, compared to an accident where there was only one accident. a cause to identify and a work environment to work with. What was difficult was the technical aspect: it was a completely destroyed accident scene, Mr. Rondeau explained at a press conference.

Asked to react to the publication of the document, the mayor of Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Sébastien Marcil, affirms that ;we must now hope that the conclusions of the report can prevent such events from happening again.

Inspector Rondeau also stressed that preventive measures could have been taken. The report specifies that welding more than 11 meters from combustible and flammable materials, unless all ignition risks were controlled, would have already greatly reduced the risks.

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The cleaning of containers and tanks is also mentioned in the document in order to eliminate any combustible material or material likely to release toxic or flammable vapors under the effect of heat.

After the accident, the CNESST prohibited Propane Lafortune from undertaking any hot work near a tank that contains or has already contained combustible or flammable products in order to avoid another accident in this way.

The company Soudure A.C. was also prohibited from carrying out welding work near a tank that contained hydrocarbons as well as in a repair pit, according to the report.

In addition, the CNESST required Soudure A.C. to develop a safe work method.

Gaston R. Lafortune's company sent a written statement to Radio-Canada following the tabling of the Commission's report.

We have read the report from the CNESST, with whom we have collaborated at all times since the accident last January. More concretely, we are finalizing, still in collaboration with the CNESST, the development of safe working procedures which will be imposed for any intervention on our tanks. We reiterate our most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased. We will not make any further comments on the subject, she said.

The CNESST will transmit the conclusions of its investigation to various associations linked to the propane and joint gas sectors, as well as to managers of prevention mutuals for inform members of good practices and prevent an accident like this from happening again.

With information from Aimée Lemieux and The Canadian Press

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