Construction deaths spark Ontario review of health and safety

First thorough review since act came into force 30 years ago: Minister
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/19/2010

On Christmas Eve 2009, four construction workers died in Toronto when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed. A fifth worker was seriously injured.

The five men, all migrant workers, were on a swing stage working on a 13th-floor balcony of an apartment building. None of them was wearing a safety harness.

In 2009, 50 people died in workplace accidents in Ontario, 16 of whom were doing construction work. So far this year, there have been several other deaths of construction workers in the province, including a worker who died on March 12 when he plummeted 32 feet through a hole in the floor of a construction site at a University of Toronto campus.