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Local inventor earns posthumous safety award by Caleb Nickerson

A local man who worked at the Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) office in Mansfield was posthumously recognized for his innovations in workplace safety. From left: Rachelle Bélanger, Guillaume Godbout, François Couture, Claire Taillefer, Martin Gingras and François Asselin.

The ramp stabalization system invented by the late Jean-François Baulne, pictured above, was awarded a prize for innovation by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).

On Thursday a long-time employee of at the Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) office in Mansfield was posthumously honoured for something he invented.
Presented by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), the organization overseeing workplace health and safety in the province, holds an annual competition called the Grand Prize to celebrate innovations in both public and private enterprise.
One of the regional nominees from the Outaouais was the ATV ramp stabilization system created by the late Jean-François Baulne, who worked at the MFFP office in Mansfield for over 20 years.
The award was presented to Baulne’s widow, Claire Taillefer, by CNESST representatives François Asselin and Alain Trudel. Baulne passed away in 2016 at the age of 59, two years after his retirement.

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