Baggage worker dies after 'dislodging suitcase' at Montreal airport

A baggage worker has died after falling while loading luggage at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.

The employee worked for Equans, a company offering technical services to airports including baggage handling systems.

As soon as the tragic accident on Saturday afternoon (8 July) happened, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) collaborated with the relevant authorities to ensure the investigation proceeded smoothly.

Antoine Leclerc-Loiselle, a spokesperson for the Quebec workplace health and safety board, reportedly told the Globe and Mail the worker in charge of luggage handling fell after trying to dislodge a suitcase from a piece of equipment.

In a press statement released on 9 July, Philippe Rainville, CEO of ADM, said: "It is with great sadness that ADM Aéroports de Montréal has learned the death of an airport community employee working for Equans. ADM wishes to convey its sincere condolences to the employee's family, loved ones and coworkers.

"The entire YUL airport community is in mourning today, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues."

ADM has worked closely with the partners involved to coordinate the presence of assistance and support resources for the personnel who witnessed this accident and wanted to assure the YUL airport community of its full support following this tragic event.

Pierre Lapointe, Senior Vice President of Operations at Equans Services sent the following statement to GHI in response to the tragic incident: "The great team at Equans Services is deeply saddened by a tragic accident that occurred on 9 July at Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

"Indeed, a member of our team unfortunately lost his life. His death was pronounced at the scene by paramedics. All our thoughts are with the family and loved ones. We are cooperating fully with airport management and authorities to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Support measures have also been deployed for all personnel who witnessed this accident."

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