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Industrial accident claims two lives in Sudbury

Thursday, January 30, 2014   by: Staff



SUDBURY - On January 29th, 2014 at 4:20 p.m., officers from the Sudbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a fatal industrial accident in a remote area on Dunbar Road, Dunbar Township.

Preliminary investigation revealed a logging tractor-trailer became stuck in the ditch and a decision was made to utilize a grapple excavator to remove the tractor-trailer.

As workers were in the process of hooking-up chains to the tractor, the driver of the excavator proceeded up a slight incline and positioned the excavator sideways in front of the tractor-trailer. 

At this time, the excavator began sliding and subsequently pinned the two men who were standing in front of the tractor-trailer.

The men are identified as Stéphane Desaulniers, age 28 of Lac à la Tortue, Quebec who was pronounced dead at the scene and Pierre Morin, age 43 of Chelmsford, Ontario who was airlifted to hospital in Sudbury where he succumbed to his injuries.

The male driver of the excavator was not injured.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Ministry of Labour.




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macgyvr 1/30/2014 9:19:18 PM Report

My condolances to their families.I also hope that the operator will receive the help he needs.
Pakadeva 1/31/2014 12:23:11 AM Report

Oh my gosh, how awful. God Bless all families involved.
Binder 1/31/2014 8:34:42 AM Report

I feel so sorry for the families of these two men. Logging is a very dangerous world of work and has many accidents due to the nature of the work. This excavator probably needed cross cleats welded on the pads who knows?
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