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Funeral held for man killed in York U industrial accident

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.