TORONTO – Toronto Police are reporting a crane at a PCL Constructors Canada construction site has hit a building in the area of Simcoe and Wellington Streets in Toronto
“At 9:59 a.m. this morning police received a call for an industrial accident at Simcoe Street and Wellington Street,” Constable Edward Parks of the Toronto Police Service told the Daily Commercial News. “Officers arrived on scene and located a crane that had struck a building. The reports were that the crane operator had suffered minor injuries. The crane operator was able to climb down from the crane on his own free will.”
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) was notified the incident.
“The reported employer/constructor is PCL Constructors Canada,” stated an MLTSD spokesperson in an email. “It was reported the boom of a tower crane made contact with the roof of a building near the site.”
Two buildings, 145 Wellington St. and 40 University Ave., located adjacent to the construction site where the incident occurred, have been evacuated as a precaution, said Parks.
“Toronto Fire has been on scene and they are securing the tower crane and taking precautions in the event that the crane collapses further,” he said.
The victim is being treated for minor injuries.
Road closures are being set up between Wellington and Front Streets and westbound Wellington Street at University Avenue. Police are recommending an alternate route of travel for drivers.
Two MLTSD Inspectors and an engineer have been assigned to investigate.
The Daily Commercial News will provide updates as they become available.