IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Bertrand Galy / Assistant director

Eng. (Québec); M.Eng. Civil Engineering; Ph.D. Engineering


Bertrand Galy holds an engineering diploma from the École Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l'Industrie (ESTP Paris) with a speciality in Public Works. After obtaining a master’s degree in civil engineering and a Ph.D. from Montréal’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), his interests turned to occupational health and safety. He has been a researcher at the IRSST since the fall of 2013 in the Mechanical and Physical Risk Prevention field. Mr. Galy’s many research interests include protection against falls from heights, safety of trenches and excavations, safety of mine hoists (control and monitoring systems and parachutes), and seismic vulnerability of structures (particularly, soil-structure interaction problems). He has also been a course lecturer in structural analysis at the ÉTS since the summer of 2010.


  • Regulations and standards pertaining to protection against falls from heights (Safety Code for the Construction Industry, CSA Z259)
  • Dynamic fall testing
  • Modelling and study of structures subjected to dynamic loadings (SAP 2000)
  • Control systems for mine hoists
  • Mining regulations pertaining to mining hoists
  • Safety catches for cages (safety dogs)
  • Geotechnical studies using finite difference modelling (FLAC)
  • Modelling of soil-structure interaction using finite difference models (FLAC)

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