As an investigation into a drilling rig collapse at York University continues, friends and family gathered together Monday to pay their final respects to a 24-year-old man killed in the accident.
Kyle Knox was just one week away from writing his exam to become a crane operator when he was killed when a 200,000-pound drill rig collapsed and crushed the loader he was operating on Oct. 11 at the construction site of a new TTC subway station.
Knox was working as an apprentice for Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd. Five other workers were hurt in the industrial accident.
The funeral was held at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Stouffville at 11 a.m.
“I played hockey a little bit with Kyle. Played baseball with him this summer, he was a really good guy,” said a friend.
And despite the grief, Knox’s family was also thinking about the other workers injured in the incident.
“The family wishes to pass on for the other injured workers a speedy recovery for them, they’re thinking of them as well as Kyle,” said Knox’s uncle Bill Corrigan.
Last week the Ontario Federation of Labour called for a criminal investigation of the accident to ensure measures to ensure workers’ health and safety weren’t neglected.
The Federation of Labour has up to a year to complete the investigation.