Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

A garbage container’s improper installation and a rusted cable contributed to the crushing death of a worker in 2007, concludes Quebec’s Commission de la sante et de la securite du travail (CSST).

On June 6, 2007, a garbage collector with Les Enterprises J. L. R. was picking up recyclable material from a client’s yard when the accident occurred, says CSST spokesperson Eric Arseneault. A sudden slackening in the steel winch cable connected to the container resulted in a hook releasing from the eyelet, causing the container to fall, Arseneault reports. Positioned under the raised container at the time, Martin Labranche was fatally injured.