OAKVILLE — The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has issued a total of 10 orders and requirements following the death of a 23-year-old male construction worker the afternoon of Wednesday, March 8 in Oakville, Ont.
The worker died at a Ballantry Homes worksite when a masonry block wall collapsed on top of him. Crews were working on townhouses on the site. The worker was employed by 2219532 Ontario Ltd. and the constructor is Willowbay Investments Inc.
The incident happened at 12:40 p.m. A Halton Police spokesperson reported that emergency crews were called to the worksite located at Khalsa Gate and Bronte Road in the Glen Abbey community of Oakville where they found a man lying seriously injured under a wall. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials from the police, the MOL and the Coroner's office attended the site to investigate. The ministry sent two inspectors and a structural engineer. The ministry continues to wait for a coroner's decision on the cause of death. The cause of the collapse is also still under investigation.
David Hill, president of Ballantry Homes, issued a statement on March 8:
"Today, sadly, a tragic accident occurred at our Upper Glen Abbey site at Dundas Street and Bronte Road in Oakville, killing one worker. We are deeply saddened. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the worker who lost his life.
"The health and safety of everyone working on our sites is a top priority for our company. We are cooperating fully with the regulatory agencies investigating this accident. We will comment again once the investigation has been completed."
The orders and requirements issued to the construction Willowbay included six requirements — five for documentation and one to secure the scene; and four orders — one related to engineering procedures to remove debris, one stop-work order related to the removal of debris and two orders related to the bracing of the wall.
The ministry investigation continues.