WINDSOR, Quebec (News release) -- Domtar received confirmation from the Sûreté du Québec this morning (Oct. 28) of the tragic news regarding the second worker, Mr. Hugo Paré, who also lost his life following the collapse of a scaffolding on October 26 at approximately 1:35 a.m. at the company's Windsor mill. This loss is in addition to Mr. Yan Baillargeon, who was found yesterday.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families of Mr. Paré and Mr. Baillargeon and to the colleagues affected by this tragic accident.
This tragedy affects and saddens us all. We are focusing our efforts on supporting our colleagues and their families.
Domtar would like to thank all those who have worked tirelessly to assist.
Domtar will continue to cooperate and participate in the ongoing investigation by the Sûreté du Québec and the CNESST to determine the cause of the accident.
At approximately 1:35 a.m. on Oct. 26, an accident occurred at the Domtar Windsor Mill site when a scaffold collapsed into equipment. Three workers were injured in the accident. One worker was taken to hospital where his life is not in danger. Two workers are still trapped and efforts are being made for their safe rescue by first responders. At this time, we cannot confirm their health status. Psychological support is being offered to the workers and their colleagues.
Police officers from the Sûreté du Québec and the mill emergency unit are on site to conduct the intervention and investigation. The CNESST has also been informed.
The investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the collapse. Domtar is closely working with the responders in the investigation.
All measures have been taken to ensure the security of the site.
More information will be released as further facts become available and verified.