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Parking structure ceiling partially collapses near Finch West LRT construction site

Angela Gismondi
Parking structure ceiling partially collapses near Finch West LRT construction site
METROLINX

The roof of an underground parking structure in a highrise building located next to an active construction site for the Finch West LRT in Toronto has partially collapsed.

“We did have a partial ceiling collapse of a parking structure,” a Toronto Fire Services (TFS) spokesperson told the Daily Commercial News July 12.

“There are still no injuries reported, there are no persons missing from the building, the building was not evacuated. That was still all up in the air yesterday and that’s all been cleared.”

The incident took place July 11 at a 14-storey residential building located 10 Tobermory Dr. in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto at about 1:46 p.m.

“This location is next to an active construction site, where our contractor Mosaic Transit Group, is doing work for the Finch West LRT,” reads a statement from Metrolinx. “The size is approximately three parking spots. Safety is our top priority – and Mosaic along with Metrolinx will be conducting a parallel investigation to the one Toronto Fire and the Ministry of Labour are conducting.”

According to reports, construction equipment was being stored nearby but TFS and Metrolinx said the cause of the collapse is not yet known.

According to the initial post on the TFS Twitter, nobody was trapped or injured but some cars were crushed and the roads in the area were closed. The scene was turned over to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) for an investigation.

“The structural engineers were on scene,” the TFS spokesperson said. “They had a look at the structural integrity of the rest of the garage and of course the building itself. We had hydro there, gas and water. For safety purposes they shored up one section of a wall…they had formulated an action plan with the Ministry of Labour for going forward.

“We also had our heavy urban search and rescue team there and police were there with their search dogs.

“The way this parking structure is designed is it is not directly in line with the building it comes out further but it’s underground with grass on top,” the spokesperson noted. “It is very close to the LRT construction.”

When asked whether or not that had an impact, he said, “On our side it’s too early…We don’t know.”

An MLITSD inspector attended the scene. Two requirements were issued to the constructor, Mosaic Transit Constructors General Partnership. The investigation is ongoing.

The Daily Commercial News will have more on the story.

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