Training was poor before worker was fatally run over at Montreal Ferris wheel, safety committee says

The Commission de la sécurité du travail du Québec blames deficient safety practices at the Ferris wheel in the Old Port of Montreal for the death of a worker at the tourist attraction on Christmas Day 2021.

The Workplace Death Safety Committee report, released today, says Riley Valcin, 22, died after being trapped in the machinery that spins the 60-metre-tall structure.

Valcin was clearing snow from the drive mechanism while the wheel was in operation, and the council says the area where Valcin died should never have been accessible to workers.

Council inspector Judy Major said the Ferris wheel workers were not properly trained and had “improvised” a dangerous method of clearing snow.

Inspection reports released by the council indicate that the Ferris wheel’s safety inspection log had not been completed since March 10, 2021.

The company that owns the ferris wheel – La Grande Roue de Montreal – said in a statement today that it has cooperated fully with the province’s safety office and that “all major corrective measures requested have been implemented. work”.

The owners of the wheel lease space in the city’s Old Port on land owned by the federal crown corporation Canada Lands Company.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 9, 2022.

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