Engineers investigate cause of fallen concrete that struck Toronto woman at Union Station
By Jillian MorganConstruction Health & Safety
TORONTO—A woman in her 20s was struck and injured by a piece of fallen concrete at Union Station Oct. 11. The major transit hub in downtown Toronto is currently undergoing a more than $800 million revitalization project.
Paramedics transported the woman to hospital following the incident, which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. inside the Bay West Teamway, according to the official Twitter account for Union Station managed by the City of Toronto.
The Teamway was closed for several hours and reopened the next morning following an investigation by engineers. Results of that investigation have not yet been released.
Matt Llewellyn, a media relations spokesperson for Metrolinx tweeted on Oct. 12 that crews “worked tirelessly throughout the night” to open to area to commuters.
“Safety is central to everything we do. Engineers from both Metrolinx and the City of Toronto spent the night thoroughly inspecting the Temway,” he stated in a series of tweets, adding that some minor concrete scaling and repairs were made.
He stated that engineers will continue to monitor the teamway and another “thorough inspection” is planned to take place in the coming weeks.
Shortly before 6:00 p.m this evening, a person was injured while walking inside the Bay West Teamway at Union Station. Paramedics transported her to the hospital. We wish her a full and fast recovery. 1/4
— unionstationTO (@unionstationTO) October 12, 2018
The project, initially expected to wrap up in 2015, has been met with delays and cost overruns since it first began in 2009. Substantial completion is now expected in late 2018.
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