Quebec government worker dies in workplace accident on cranberry farm
Canadian Press
October 5, 2019
October 5, 2019 5:23 PM EDT
This Oct. 19, 2018 file photo shows workers as they harvest cranberries at the 'Polesskie Zhuraviny' state farm in the village of Selishche, some 300 km south of Minsk, Belarus. (MAXIM MALINOVSKY / AFP)
SHAWINIGAN, Que. — A 35-year-old employee of Quebec’s agriculture ministry has died in an accident at a cranberry farm in Shawinigan, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.
The accident occurred Friday morning when the woman fell from a platform while filming at the site.
Provincial police say a piece of the woman’s clothing, later identified as a scarf by the workplace health and safety board, got caught in moving machinery.
Police say an emergency button was pushed to stop the machine and the woman was taken to hospital where she was declared dead.
The provincial workplace health and safety board has opened an investigation that will include an evaluation of the work methods and machinery on the farm.
Quebec Agriculture Minister Andre Lamontagne offered his condolences to the victim’s family, and said support would be offered to her colleagues.