Inspection reports received CBCin accordance with the Right to Information Act to report deficiencies at the Manoir de la Vallée, Villa des Jardins and Nadeau poultry farms.
According to WorkSafeNB, the discovery of these deficiencies did not result in any penalties or fines being imposed on these employers.
Manoir de la Vallee: Complaint check
In the early months of the pandemic, in early 2020, New Brunswick is relatively free of COVID-19. Nursing homes are on high alert but are gradually failing.
Beginning in April 2020, an outbreak has occurred at the Halifax Medical Complex, Northwood Home. The virus spreads rapidly and takes dozens of lives. All eyes of the region are focused on this institution.
New Brunswick abandoned it a few weeks later. On May 31, an outbreak was officially announced at the Manoir de la Vallee mansion located in Atolville. This is the first time a pandemic has hit such establishments in the province.
In the following days, an anonymous complaint is filed against the institution. Therefore, a WorkSafeNB employee arrived at the scene on June 16, 2020 to conduct an inspection.
There are no problems with sanitary regulations, according to a report received by the border government.
During a check in Manoir de la Vallee, an officer notes that public health measures are being applied in the workplace., – says the author of the document.
However, the author of the report makes a reservation, since
the employer does not have a COVID-19 operational plan… In addition, Manoir de la Vallée does not have a health and safety committee, which is mandatory as it has more than 20 employees.
Over the next few days, Manoir managers will present an operational plan related to COVID-19, which is considered adequate.
Second check: employees take off their masks
On July 15, following a new audit while the outbreak was still ongoing, a WorkSafeNB employee wrote in a report that some employees
do not wear a mask if they do not observe 2 meters, because it is too hot here and (they) find it difficult to breathe.
Another report released that day suggests that
chefs do not always wear a mask because it is too hot and difficult to breathe.
The inspector then asks the employer to ensure that his employees
wear a visor if they cannot keep a distance of 2 meters…
He also notes that employees
self-esteem and everyone measures their temperature and that this practice must change; a person must be assigned to measure the temperature of the personnel.
In the following months, various reports show that the Manoir de la Vallée complied with the requirements and made the necessary changes.
The only violation that persists is the absence of a labor protection committee.
On December 18, 2020, the agent noted that he had discussed with the person in charge in the house to advise him that this committee should be created by January 15.
In a report dated February 16, 2021, seven months after the first mention of this offense, we read that the committee was indeed formed.
Gaps at Villa des Jardins
On January 24, 2021, an outbreak was announced in Ville de Jardins. Nursing Home Edmundston has faced several confirmed cases of COVID-19.
On February 2, at the request of the Provincial Rapid Epidemic Management Team, a WorkSafeNB employee inspects the facility.
In his report, he notes that the wing set aside for residents with the virus is not under negative pressure. Negative pressure is a technique used especially in hospitals that reduces the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading outside a hot area.
The document also mentions an employee of an external company, Service Master, who arrived that morning, accompanied by reinforcements, who came and went in the lobby (presumably in the hot zone) wearing a cloth mask instead of a disposable mask.
The report notes that
The complexity of the villa is that there is only one way to enter and it is next to the COVID-19 block. and that due to lack of space
all dirty and clean rags, etc. are in the hallway…
Incorrectly identified entrance to the poultry farm Necessary
In mid-January 2021, COVID-19 will appear at the Nado poultry farm. Several confirmed cases involve the Saint-François-de-Madawaska business, which then closed its doors.
The Health Service then asked WorkSafeNB to inspect the premises. In the inspection report dated January 22, 2021, it is noted that
employees do not always use the correct door to enter the factory…
Therefore, WorkSafeNB asks the poultry farm It is necessary to install signs on the doors of the company so that employees do not pass each other when entering and exiting.
In its report, the inspector notes that many changes have been made since the closure to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. He asks the employer to amend his work plan to reflect these changes.
Poultry farm It is necessary to promptly fulfill orders from WorkSafeNB. A report dated January 25, 2021, just three days after the audit, states that the necessary changes have been made and everything is in order.
Today in an email, the CEO of the poultry farm Nado confirms that he
unlikely that the issue of entry and exit has in some way influenced the transmission of COVID-19 among staff.
There was no evidence that the drivetrain was original, so this is unlikely. Most of our employees come from the region, from a close-knit community. We have 210 people in our factory; so it would be very difficult to determine the source of the transmission– says Yves Landry.
He reports that during the outbreak at the Nado poultry farm, 23 cases of the disease were detected at the enterprise.
The CEO of the Lokia Group, the company that owns Manoir de la Vallée, Dr. Guy Tremblay wants to put things in perspective.
In an interview CBCHe recalls that this Atolville nursing home was the first to be hit by the outbreak shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic. According to him, no one was ready to face this unprecedented situation.
A year later, we are trying to find the culprit. But at the time, we were not prepared for the New Brunswick pandemic. Nobody knew what to expect, he said.
He notes that very quickly, nursing homes and health care workers in general were asked to wear masks at all times.
A week later, several days, if not several hours, everyone was asked to improvise infectious disease specialists and doctors, to learn all about masks, microbes and a pandemic. It is not reasonable, He says.
Dr. Guy Tremblay believes that instead of trying to cover the negative aspects of the pandemic, the media should instead report on the successes achieved in nursing homes.
During the pandemic, everyone tried their best. We were absolutely not ready for this. I am satisfied with the work of my employees and departments. I am pleased with the work of everyone, because we all studied at the same time. And I am very glad that we went through this with good results.
The flaws found during the inspections in Manoir de la Vallee have not affected the COVID-19 outbreak, he said.
The outbreak in Manoir de la Vallee lasted from May 31 to July 22, 2020. According to a report published by Public Health, it led to 23 infections. Two residents were killed.
The director of Villa des Jardins did not respond to our request for an interview ahead of schedule.
– According to Karissa Donkin, CBC News.