Al­bion Falls safety to be re­viewed

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Coun. Tom Jack­son and emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel will be re­view­ing safety mea­sures at Al­bion Falls.

There have been nu­mer­ous changes in re­cent years at the pop­u­lar wa­ter­fall, said Jack­son, but more may be needed.

On July 17, a man in his 50s slipped and fell to his death while on an out­ing with his fam­ily.

In Fe­bru­ary, a 21-year-old man suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter slip­ping on ice and falling more than 10 me­tres.

There have been sev­eral other in­juries at Al­bion Falls in re­cent years.

Changes aimed at in­creas­ing safety have been made over the past decade, said Jack­son, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of look­out plat­forms, sig­nage and the re­con­struc­tion of Moun­tain Brow Boule­vard near the falls, in­clud­ing wider side­walks.

“We haven’t just sat on our hands,” he said.

“I’m try­ing, short of re­strict­ing ac­cess to the en­tire area and telling peo­ple, ‘No longer can you view this beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral area of our com­mu­nity.’ It’s a bal­anc­ing act.”

SCOTT GARD­NER, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Changes aimed at in­creas­ing safety have been made over the past decade at Mt. Al­bion Falls.

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