Stormy weather creates hazards on job sites

Calgary’s proposed weather-warning system will send real-time weather data to site supervisors
By Caitlin Crawshaw
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/04/2010

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Aug. 1, 2009, a sudden gust of wind swept a bundle of corrugated metal off of an 18-storey building under construction in downtown Calgary. A six-metre-long piece of metal struck a family more than 30 metres below, killing a three-year-old girl, Michelle Krsek, and injuring her father and seven-year-old brother.

Since then, Calgarians have seen more, not less, instances of materials falling from construction sites. In the fall of 2009, a gust of wind carried two-by-fours and a sheet of plywood off of the 15th floor of a building under construction in the city’s southwest end.

Weeks later, scaffolding blew off the 19th floor of a building on 9th Avenue. In August 2010, a mysterious liquid fell from a downtown construction site onto vehicles below and a three-metre long piece of metal dented an SUV driving along 9th Avenue during the morning rush hour.