Practically a 12 months after George He, a 29-year-old nurse from Montreal’s South Shore, died throughout his travels to Northern Quebec whereas on contract, the province’s office well being and security board says his employer isn’t answerable for his loss of life, however extra may have been accomplished to guard him.
The nurse from Brossard, Que., by no means made it to his vacation spot.
He was final seen on Nov. 20, 2019 at a fuel station in Louvicourt, east of Val-d’Or. His physique was discovered eight days later.
The office well being and security board (CNESST) has launched a report detailing the nurse’s journey to the Northern Quebec neighborhood of Nemaska, and the way issues took a flip for the worst.
In response to the report, He was driving in an space that had no cellphone protection, and selected to take the shorter route beneficial by Google Maps — a special route than the one his employer, Bayshore HealthCare had given him — main him down a forest street coated in 20 centimetres of snow.
His automobile bought caught on a bridge that was closed to site visitors.
The nurse’s physique was discovered almost 17 kilometres away from his automobile.
Quebec’s office well being and security board says George He is employer ought to have had procedures in place to get in contact with him whereas he was travelling. (Radio-Canada)
Firm wanted to discover a option to get in contact with worker, report says
Although He did not comply with driving directions, the CNESST says Bayshore HealthCare’s process for workers travelling to distant areas with out mobile service was incomplete, because the firm didn’t guarantee they may get in contact with the worker.
“The employer confirmed to us that, on the time of the occasion, the process for journey in remoted areas didn’t embody directions or technique of communication permitting the corporate to know staff’ second of departure or second of arrival,” the report said.
The office well being and security board’s report says George He didn’t comply with the route offered by his employer. (Submitted by Remorquage Belzile)
These directions wouldn’t have prevented He from discovering himself at risk, the report mentioned, nevertheless it may have accelerated search efforts.
Bayshore HealthCare is not going to be sanctioned.
Nevertheless, the CNESST needs to remind corporations to place in place an environment friendly surveillance technique when staff journey to distant areas.
It will publish tips outlining completely different prevention measures for such conditions subsequent 12 months.