June 2016 update:
Ottawa Police launch criminal probe into workplace death of Olivier Bruneau
The police investigation, separate from the Ministry of Labour's workplace fatality investigation,
is probing for evidence of possible criminal negligence involved in Bruneau's death.
This will be the first time ever that the Ottawa Police investigate a workplace fatality as a potential crime.
March 2016 update:
Olivier Bruneau killed by ice chunk weeks after fellow construction worker hit
Less than two months before 25-year-old Olivier Bruneau was killed by a chunk of ice at Claridge Homes'
condominium construction pit on Preston Street, the Ministry of Labour investigated another
incident involving a different worker who was hit by ice at the same site.
Ice concerns raised before Ottawa construction worker killed, labour leader says
"Our understanding is that it had been pointed out to several people ... on several occasions that the ice looked like
it could fall, but there were no precautions, at least as we understand it, taken to ensure that the ice was removed."
-- Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa & District Labour Council which represents nearly 100 unions in the Ottawa area
|This is how Claridge Homes has been 'securing' what vice president Shawn Malhotra described to the Ottawa Citizen as "pretty much the deepest hole you'll find in Ottawa."|
has been going on for much longer than a few days (here's
a photo of the same rickety fence back in April,
before it was a hole.)
swarms of workers onsite for 16+ hours a day, 7 days a week, surely
someone should be in charge of safety.
There's a callous disregard for worker safety as well; you can often see them at the bottom of the pit walking around and operating excavators, door wide open, without any head protection.
Combined with the incessant noise by-law violations, it's probably in everybody's best interest if Claridge is required to pay the cost of having an inspector on the premises 24/7 until the project is complete to ensure the safety and sanity of local residents and workers alike.
Even if Claridge insists on putting profits over people, they should consider that someone falling to their death will cost a lot more than a little common sense.