CSST pins blame on two companies for deadly quarry landslide

Two workers died in a landslide at the Maskimo quarry on Jan. 29, 2013.
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Quebec's workers health and safety board is pinning the blame on two companies for a deadly workplace landslide at a quarry in l'Epiphanie, northeast of Montreal, in January 2013.

The CSST released its report Thursday morning into the deaths of two truck operators, Daniel Brisebois and Marie-Claude Laporte, who were buried under tons of rubble and dirt.

A third worker somehow managed to survive the slide.

It concludes the deaths could have been avoided, and that the companies involved — Maskimo Construction and Les Excavations G. Allard — were negligent in their planning of the excavation work done at the quarry, and their supervision of the work site.

It points out, among other things, that no tests were done on the soil before the excavation work began.

The companies face fines of up to $63,000.

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