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Contractor fined for wall collapse at Eglinton Crosstown worksite in Toronto

A wall collapsed on a worker and pedestrians at a construction site for the city's new rail project last April


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TORONTO—A contracting company has been fined $60,000 for a wall collapse that injured a worker a number of pedestrians in a busy Toronto neighborhood last April.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Delsan A.I.M. Environmental Services Inc. was carrying out demolition work on existing buildings at the future site of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project when the incident occurred.

While a machine operator worked to demolish the buildings, two workers were tasked with controlling pedestrian traffic. Using hand signals, they would signal when the machine had stopped working and it was safe to pass through the area. One of the workers signalled and believed there had been a signal returned, however, when escorting pedestrians through the work zone, a defect in the wall caused the facade of one buildings to collapse.

The wall fell on the worker and pedestrians, causing injuries.

The company pleaded guilty to violating safety regulations for not taking reasonable precautions to protect worker and pedestrian safety in an Ontario courtroom last week.


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