An employee electrified in an EDF factory north of the Lot

An employee electrified in an EDF factory north of the Lot
An employee electrified in an EDF factory north of the Lot

A work accident occurred this Monday shortly before 4:30 p.m. north of the Lot. More precisely, in Camps-Saint-Mathurin-Léobazel, straddling the Lot and Corrèze, an employee of the EDF hydroelectric plant was electrified. Severely burned, he was treated by emergency services. According to our initial information, the 51-year-old victim, a service provider who worked on the site, is in critical condition. His prognosis is set. The man was airlifted by Samu 31 from the town’s stadium to a Toulouse hospital. A patrol of gendarmes from Saint-Céré is on site as well as the firefighters from Bretenoux and Smur 31. Shocked by the accident, a colleague of the victim was also taken care of after feeling unwell.

The factory is located on the right bank, along the railway line and the Cère river. Although located in Camps, it is traditionally called Laval-de-Cère 1 by employees because another factory, Brown Europe, called Laval-de-Cère 2, is also located in the area. According to our information, the accident took place outside the building, on a transformer station. That is to say a key 63,000 volt station where the energy from the alternators is recovered to be transported to another sector with several departure lines. Safety instructions are very strict. In particular, it is forbidden to enter with an umbrella to avoid electrocution.

Emergency services on intervention near the factory.
DDM Jean-Marc Cantarel

The post dates from the year the plant was built, 1931. The Camps dam which supplies the hydroelectric plant located 9 km below has a water reserve of 54,000 m³. With a power of 28 megawatts, the latter produces each year the equivalent of the residential consumption of a town of 30,000 inhabitants.

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