Scaffolding collapse at Domtar in Windsor

Scaffolding collapse at Domtar in Windsor
Rescue operations for two workers trapped under scaffolding since 1:35 a.m. Tuesday were ongoing. By press time Tuesday, Domtar had yet to release updates on their condition. (Photo : Geoff Agombar)

By Geoff Agombar
Local Journalism Initiative

At approximately 1:35 a.m. Tuesday morning, three workers were gravely injured at the Domtar factory in Windsor when scaffolding collapsed inside a 20-story reservoir.
Later in the day, operations were still underway to rescue two workers trapped in the debris since the accident. The third worker was transported to hospital and the company spokesperson has reported their injuries are not considered life threatening.
Sylvain Bricault, general manager, spoke to reporters outside the factory shortly before 9 a.m. He confirmed that specialist emergency responders were conducting rescue operations. Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers, paramedics, and the factory’s emergency team were on site to support these efforts.
In response to reporters, Bricault notably sidestepped a question about whether rescuers had succeeded in communicating with the two trapped workers. “At this time, we cannot confirm their condition.” He could not estimate how long rescue operations would take.
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