Crane Accidents

Deadly Industrial Accident a Kitchener Condo Project


Ontario, Canada

Crane Accident Ontario Canada (Belmont) 2011There has been another accident at the condominium under construction on Belmont Avenue West in Kitchener, Ont., and this time it was fatal.

According to Waterloo Regional police, the call came in around 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday morning and the man was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The 42-year-old London, Ont. resident reportedly suffered serious injuries after being hit on the head and shoulders by a massive concrete block weighing hundreds of kilograms.

Initial reports say the concrete slab was being lifted off of a flatbed truck when the incident occurred. The Ministry of Labour says the accident was crane-related and involved hoisting and rigging.

Suspended Concrete Connected in Crane AccidentWorkers were evacuated from the site and police were quickly called to the scene.

Waterloo Regional Police Sgt. Derek Burger says “It’s common practice for us to contact the local detectives from the local division to come out and take a look, give the Ministry of Labour a hand with whatever they need in their investigation, make sure the scene is controlled the way that they need and that everything runs smoothly for their investigation.”

The investigation by the Ministry of Labour, police and the Coroner’s office is ongoing, but the death is not considered suspicious.

Waterloo Regional police say a post mortem examination has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.

It is unclear when work on the site will resume.

Other incidents, concerns at site

The accident is the second in just over two weeks at the construction site.

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