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Report Calls For Mandatory Safety Training At Construction Sites

A report, released just under a year after four men were killed in a scaffolding collapse, is calling for mandatory safety training for anyone working at a construction site.

Tony Dean, Ontario’s former cabinet secretary, authored the report that lists 46 recommendations to overhaul the province’s health and safety strategy.

On Dec. 24, 2009 four men were killed when their scaffolding stage collapsed. They were restoring a balcony on the 13th floor at 2757 Kipling Ave.

Six men were on the stage. When a seventh worked stepped on the platform snapped in two.

Aleksey Blumberg, 33, Vladimir Korostin, 40, Fayzullo Fazilov, 31, Aleksanders Bondarevs, 25, all fell to their deaths. Dilshod Marupov, 22, survived the fall, but broke both his legs and his spine. A sixth man, who was attached to a lifeline, was rescued.

According to Dean’s report, up to 100 people have died on the job in the province in the past five years and thousands more have been injured. Dean says every worker and supervisor in the province should receive mandatory information workplace rights and responsibilities before starting a job.