Two work­ers in­jured at Zero House work site

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

Two wok­ers were in­jured af­ter a crane load swung at a work site at the Mount Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at Mon­aghan Road and McDon­nel Street.

It hap­pened around 4:15 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Zero House project as a boom truck was plac­ing the last of sev­eral large wooden pan­els on a plat­form trailer.

City po­lice, fire­fight­ers and paramedics re­sponded to help the two work­ers.

A woman was pinned and a man was struck. They were both taken by paramedics to Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre for treat­ment of in­juries.

The Min­istry of Labour has been called in to in­ves­ti­gate.

The En­deav­our Cen­tre is build­ing the Zero House, which will be a green home that has zero car­bon foot­print, zero tox­ins and zero net en­ergy use.

The house had been as­sem­bled over the sum­mer at the Mount Com­mu­nity Cen­tre site and was be­ing dis­as­sem­bled on Wed­nes­day so that it can be taken to be dis­played at the EDIT dx Expo for De­sign, In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy, which runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 8 in Toronto.

The En­deav­our Cen­tre is a sus­tain­able build­ing school based in Peter­bor­ough. Jen Fei­gin, an in­struc­tor, was su­per­vis­ing the dis­man­tling of the house on Thurs­day.

She didn’t wit­ness the in­ci­dent, but her un­der­stand­ing was that the woman was pinned and the man was hit.

They are stu­dents of the En­deav­our Cen­tre, she said, and they were con­scious and speak­ing at the scene fol­low­ing the mishap.

She also said the con­struc­tion crew was al­most done the project: the last panel con­tain­ing house com­po­nents was be­ing set down onto the trailer by the crane when the load swung.

The con­struc­tion crew was made up of 10 stu­dents, two in­struc­tors and one crane op­er­a­tor, Fei­gin said.

They’ve been build­ing the house since mid-June, and Fei­gin said they were shocked over the in­ci­dent. She said they’ve been teach­ing since 2005 and have never had an in­jury.

“We run a re­ally safe work­site – we’ve never had an ac­ci­dent,” she said.

At the scene, Fei­gin said she didn’t know whether the dis­as­sem­bled house can still be taken to Toronto as planned; work­sites typ­i­cally can­not be dis­turbed dur­ing Min­istry of Labour in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Min­istry of Labour rep­re­sen­ta­tives ar­rived on the scene later to in­ves­ti­gate.

City po­lice and fire of­fi­cials would not com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

There was no word Wed­nes­day night on the ex­tent of the in­juries to the work­ers.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT/EX­AM­INER

One of two work­ers in­jured af­ter be­ing hit by wooden pan­els is res­cued by city paramedics and fire­fight­ers at the Zero House work site at The Mount Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Mon­aghan Road on Wed­nes­day. Paramedics took the two work­ers to Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre for treat­ment. Sec­tions of the Zero House were be­ing loaded onto a flatbed in the process of be­ing moved to Toronto to go on dis­play at EDITdx Expo for De­sign, In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy when the mishap. See more pho­to­graphs from the re­sponse in the on­line gallery at www.thep­eter­bor­oughex­am­iner.com.

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