Two men performing maintenance work fell into a turbine and were killed Oct. 12 at Hydro-Quebec’s 48-MW Rapide 7 hydroelectric project, officials said.
Hydro-Quebec identified the men as Alain Simard, 28, an employee of the province-owned utility, and Gilles Lacroix, 57, an employee of turbine supplier General Electric.
Utility spokesman Sylvain Theberge said Hydro-Quebec is cooperating in an investigation by provincial police and Quebec’s Workplace Safety Commission. Trade union representatives also planned an investigation.
The four-unit Rapide 7 project is on the Outaouais River in Quebec’s Abitibi-Temiscamingue Region. The project was commissioned from 1941 to 1949. In 2002, Hydro-Quebec named GE Hydro to supply and install eight generators at Rapide 7 and the 48-MW Rapide 2 hydroelectric station.