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Construction site accident kills 2 workers in Ontario

According to authorities, two men died in a construction site accident on March 27 in the High Park neighbourhood in Toronto. Reportedly, the accident occurred following a collapse of scaffolding shortly after 11 a.m.

The two men were contractors working at the site. The site, located on Bloor Street near its intersection with Pacific Avenue, is currently being developed into a condominium complex. Officers with the Toronto Police Department were called to the scene along with emergency medical personnel. One worker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other, a 37-year-old man, was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. After arrival, he was also pronounced dead.

The union that oversees the contractors has reportedly stated that all safety precautions were being followed at the time of the accident. There is no word on what led to the collapse of the scaffolding or if anyone else was injured besides the two men.

People who own, manage or are conducting business at a location may be held civilly liable for damages under premises liability laws. If the person or business knew or should have known of the existence of a hazard and failed to correct it, they may be found liable. Those who are seriously injured or the families of those who are killed in such an accident may want to meet with a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer may be able to review the facts of an individual case in order to identify all potential defendants and all available claims. They might then help by drafting and filing the civil complaint, then advocating on behalf of their client to maximize their recovery of damages.

Source: CP24, “Two dead after construction accident near High Park,” Sandie Benitah, March 27, 2015