Min­istry of Labour still in­ves­ti­gat­ing two Hamil­ton ac­ci­dents, one fa­tal

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

A 64-year-old man who was pinned un­der a mas­sive slab of con­crete that broke free from the side of a dam in Flam­bor­ough Thurs­day is in crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to Hamil­ton po­lice.

The Brant­ford man was taken by air am­bu­lance to Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal af­ter emer­gency re­spon­ders worked for hours in the heat to free him.

A crane lifted the huge piece of con­crete — es­ti­mated to weigh a few thou­sand pounds — from his legs, which al­lowed fire­fight­ers and paramedics to re­move him from the rocky ter­rain at the bot­tom of the Pro­gre­ston Falls dam.

The man and an­other worker had been check­ing on re­pairs to the Carlisle-area dam when he be­came trapped from the thighs down around 11 a.m.

The Min­istry of Labour at­tended the site and is­sued one or­der not to dis­turb the scene, spokesper­son Janet De­line said. An in­spec­tor re­turned Fri­day to con­tinue in­ves­ti­gat­ing, she added.

The min­istry is also look­ing into what led to a work­place ac­ci­dent that killed a man at Janco Steel Ltd. in Stoney Creek on Thurs­day.

Emer­gency crews were called to the Arvin Av­enue plant for a man who had been pinned by a steel coil that fell from its rig­ging while it was be­ing hoisted.

The worker suf­fered a head in­jury and died at the scene, De­line said.

Janco is­sued a state­ment say­ing op­er­a­tions at its fa­cil­ity were sus­pended Fri­day to grieve and sup­port one an­other.

“Janco Steel Ltd. and its man­age­ment are work­ing and co-op­er­at­ing fully with author­i­ties to de­ter­mine the events of this tragedy,” the state­ment reads. “Out of re­spect for our dear col­league’s mem­ory and fam­ily, we will not pro­vide any ad­di­tional de­tails of the ac­ci­dent.

“We are dev­as­tated by this tragic ac­ci­dent and loss of life.”

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