WHITEHORSE, Yukon (Jan. 10, 2012)—A technician at the Integra Tire Auto Centre in Whitehorse died when the transport truck he was working on was put in motion while he was still working under it, according to a preliminary report from the Yukon Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety Board.
On Nov. 15, 2011, Denis Chabot performed repairs on a truck owned by bulk petroleum distributor North 60 Petro Ltd., according to the report. Chabot told his supervisor that he had completed work on the vehicle, but needed to do one final check before it was released to its owner. Integra Tire called North 60 Petro and said the truck was ready for pickup, the report said.
A North 60 Petro came to Integra Tire, found it idling, and drove it away, not noticing that Chabot was still under the truck. Chabot was crushed to death, the report said.
“The vehicle had not been locked out or secured against inadvertent movement, which allowed the operator to put the vehicle into motion,” the report said. Safety regulations in Yukon require a lockout of vehicles and other equipment, as well as a complete walk-around to ensure the equipment and all workers are safe, the report said.
The investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing, and the final report with any possible citations could still be months away, according to Kurt Dieckmann, director of occupational health and safety at the Yukon safety board.
Integra Tire has implemented a number of safety improvements since the accident, Dieckmann told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
According to its website, Integra Tire is one of Western Canada's largest tire dealership chains, with 70 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Sasketchewan, Manitoba and Yukon.