Saturday, March 13, 2010

We are fast coming up to April 28, the National day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured On the Job. Molly has blogged extensively about this day before, and I hope this year will be no exception. As something of a preliminary here's a report from Inside Toronto about a work related accident that killed one worker and seriously injured another just yesterday. One more reminder of just how serious the toll of workplace workplace deaths is. Try to remember the photo above the next time you hear someone griping about how "easy" city workers have it.
City worker dead, another recovering after accident
A city worker is dead and another is recovering after a garbage truck flipped over Friday.

The single-vehicle collision occurred on the ramp from eastbound Bloor Street to the northbound Don Valley Parkway around 5:25 a.m.

“The driver failed to negotiate the last curve to the right, losing control of the vehicle.” Const. Hugh Smith said. “It went off the road, rolled through the guardrail, struck a tree and then ended up rolled onto its side.”

The 34-year-old driver was trapped in the vehicle for more than an hour. He was pronounced dead shortly after being freed. The passenger, a 48-year-old man, was ejected from the truck and was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The ramp was closed for the remainder of the morning as police investigated.

Toronto Mayor David Miller and City Manager Joe Pannachetti expressed their condolences to the family of the man who died.

"On behalf of all Torontonians and all members of the Toronto Public Service we express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of the employee that passed away," they said in a statement.

"We also want to send our sincere wishes for a full recovery to the employee who was injured."

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