‘Ottawa’ LRT Tunnel Worker Taken to Hospital after Being hit by Hose Supplying Concrete
A worker was taken to hospital after being injured inside the downtown LRT tunnel on Saturday afternoon.
According to initial reports, the worker was struck by a hose supplying concrete, a statement from the Rideau Transit Group said.
Firefighters had received a call at 4:42 p.m. for a worker described as being “severely injured” in the tunnel, and responded to the shaft entrance at Queen and Kent streets.
The fire department dispatched a technical rescue team to make sure there were enough resources at the site because it was at the tunnel. The worker walked out of the tunnel on his own and was taken to hospital to be assessed, the RTG said.
No details of the worker’s injuries were released, but the RTG said emergency services remained on scene to investigate and that the Ministry of Labour had been notified. Work continued as scheduled, it said.
It was the second LRT worker injury over the past seven days in that stretch of tunnel.
On March 11, a worker fell while installing reinforcing steel, or “rebar.” He went to hospital but didn’t have serious injuries. He returned to work, but the Ministry of Labour looked into the cause of the injury.
According to the Rideau Transit Group, which is the project contractor, there was no work stoppage in the tunnel but work resumed in Parliament station on Tuesday.
RTG says there are three full-time safety co-ordinators assigned to the tunnel and they conduct safety inspections twice daily.
RTG reported 11 injuries that caused workers to lose time on the project. The LRT project’s lost-time rates are better than the industry average for heavy civil construction in Ontario, RTG said.
There are up to 1,100 people working on the LRT project at any given time.
Last November, first responders helped three tunnel workers trapped on a lift about 100 metres from the eastern tunnel portal at Laurier Avenue and Waller Street. One of the workers received an injury to his hand and the other two didn’t require treatment.
The $2.1-billion Confederation Line LRT, which includes the 2.5-kilometre downtown tunnel, has been scheduled to open at an unspecified time in 2018.