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    :: Saturday, September 17, 2005 ::

    Toronto Construction Firm Fined $285,000 for Violation that Led to Two Worker Deaths - By Josh Cable, Occupational Hazards
    The form began to crack under the weight of the concrete being poured. The two workers, and a third worker, stepped onto a wooden platform located over the elevator shaft in order to install metal jacks to shore up the form and prevent it from collapsing. While they were attempting this, the side of the form collapsed, allowing concrete to pour onto the wooden platform on which they were standing. The platform collapsed.

    One worker was able to jump to safety, but two workers fell a total of 18 floors into the second garage level of the building.

    The incident occurred at a construction site at Palace Pier Court on Toronto's lakefront.

    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there were no guardrails or other protective equipment in use around the elevator machine room, and that a pre-inspection of the form was not completed prior to the concrete being poured, as required by the Regulations for Construction Projects. Snap ties were used in the construction of the formwork rather than spin-outs, which may have been safer, and wood beams were used to build the platform rather than aluma beams, according to the ministry.

    No engineering design was done for the construction of the formwork. The platform was not adequate for the purpose for which it was used, in terms of the safety of the workers, according to the ministry.
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