Montreal North | Two workers rescued after partial building collapse

(Montreal) Two workers were rescued by the Montreal Fire Department (SIM) after the floor of the apartment building in which they were located partially collapsed late Saturday afternoon.

It all happened shortly before 4 p.m., when emergency services were contacted to intervene at the scene of the collapse, namely a building located on the corner of boulevard Rolland and rue Pascal, in the borough of Montreal North.

Two people were trapped under the rubble. They were extricated from the building early in the evening, confirmed the head of the SIM division, Martin Guilbault.

“Both people were injured, but they were conscious,” he explains. They were transported to a hospital center by Urgences santé paramedics. »

It was not possible to know their condition or the severity of their injuries.

Once the two victims exited the building, the SIM technical rescue group worked to secure the scene and ensure that no one else was inside, Mr. Guilbault said.

The collapse is not visible from the outside, emphasizes the chef. “It’s a slab that collapsed, but it’s still too early to know the exact reason. Our work will focus on securing the building, and ensuring that everything is stable,” indicated Mr. Guilbault.

An investigation must subsequently be initiated to try to understand the circumstances of the event. Mr. Guilbault indicates that the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) will be involved in the matter.

Montreal police officers are on site to control automobile traffic and curious people between Maurice-Duplessis and Pascal streets. Access to the perimeter will be restricted during the intervention.

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