BRP Employee Dies After Explosion at R&D Centre

BRP, Valcourt, Quebec, has confirmed that one of its employees, Sébastien Tardif, a 38-year-old father of two, has died from the injuries he sustained during the explosion that occurred at its Research and Development Centre facility in Valcourt on Friday, November 9.

Tardif was a dynamometer operator. He was working the night shift at the R&D Centre when the explosion occurred. A security guard was also injured in the blast and transported to hospital.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time,” said Vincent Morin, Vice-President, Product Development, Can-Am.

The security guard is still in intensive care at the burn unit of the Enfant-Jésus de Québec hospital.

The investigation is still under way with the proper authorities to determine the causes of the incident. The R&D Centre remains closed while the investigation progresses, however, BRP says its manufacturing operations were not affected.

The company says it has put in place measures to support its employees while continuing to support the families through these difficult times.