Race clubs to blame for Canadian GP marshal's death: Report

A racetrack worker was killed last June after he slipped under the wheel of a crane at the end of...

A racetrack worker was killed last June after he slipped under the wheel of a crane at the end of the event. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters/Files)

QMI Agency

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MONTREAL - Poor training and safety measures led to the death of a track marshal who was killed by a crane truck at the Canadian Grand Prix, said a report released Wednesday.

The truck pinned and ran over Mark Robinson on June 9 as he was guiding a car suspended from the crane at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

The Workplace, Health and Safety Commission criticized a transport procedure in which track marshals walk alongside the suspended race car while the crane truck transports it to the pits.

"The method ... is dangerous," said the report. "Safety management is inadequate, especially with regard to risk identification, assessment of track workers' skills and education and training of forklift drivers."

The commission named the Automobile Club de l'ile Notre-Dame, of which Robinson was a member, as well as Octane Racing Group Inc., which organizes the Grand Prix.

Both organizations were ordered to improve training methods. They could be fined between $15,000 and $154,000.


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