City of Montreal faces fine in death of firefighter

The City of Montreal is facing a fine for thousands of dollars in connection with the death of a firefighter killed last summer when a pump truck backed over him at the scene of a fire.

CSST says deficient work methods led to firefighter's death

Montreal faces fine over firefighter's death


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Thierry Godfrind's death was preventable, workplace health and safety board rules. 1:59

The City of Montreal is facing a fine for tens of thousands of dollars in connection with the death of a Montreal firefighter, who was killed last summer on the job.

The results of the investigation into the death of Thierry Godfrind, 39, have been released by Quebec's workplace health and safety board (CSST).

Montreal firefighter Thierry Godfrind, 39, died in July after he was struck by a pump truck that was backing up. (City of Montreal)

Godfrind died on July 13, 2012 after he was hit by a fire truck that was backing up. He was struck by the same vehicle that brought him to a fire in Montreal's Saint-Laurent borough.

The CSST's investigation ruled the incident was the result of several deficiencies in work methods and concluded that Godfrind's employer – the City of Montreal – compromised the safety of its workers and should consequently be fined.

While the exact amount of the fine has not been released, the CSST said in a statement that the range is between $15,420 and $61,680 for a first time offence and between $30,840 and $154,200 for a repeat offence.

The board also concluded the fire department had not properly trained firefighters to safely reverse their trucks and that the truck's operation was not supervised adequately.

CSST Recommendations:

  • Following the incident, the fire truck involved was taken off the road and inspected for mechanical problems.
  • City of Montreal has been asked to put in place an action plan to identify, control and eliminate any danger of heavy equipment colliding with firefighters while it is being backed up.