‘Ottawa’ LRT Worker Hit on Head by Hose Receives Minor Injuries
A large concrete-supply hose struck a 40-year-old LRT worker on the head while he was in the tunnel on Saturday, but construction on the $2.1-billion transit project continued through the weekend.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service, which made its response information available Sunday, said the worker received minor injuries. The paramedic tactical unit, firefighters and LRT workers helped the man out of the tunnel to an ambulance. Paramedics transported him to the hospital as a precaution. He was listed in stable condition.
The Rideau Transit Group, the city’s LRT builder, said the worker was able to walk out of the tunnel without assistance.
Paramedics received the call at 4:26 p.m. on Saturday. Firefighters, who were initially told the worker had been severely injured, also sent their technical rescue team in case those specialty skills were required to extricate the worker from the tunnel cavity at Queen and Kent streets. That central access point for construction work on the tunnel is between the future Lyon and Parliament stations.
RTG notified the Ontario Ministry of Labour about the workplace injury, but work continued on the tunnel.
It was the second LRT worker injury in eight days in that stretch of tunnel.
On March 11, a worker fell while installing reinforcing steel, or “rebar.” He went to hospital, but wasn’t seriously injured. He returned to work, but the Ministry of Labour looked into the incident.
According to RTG, there was no work stoppage in the tunnel related to that incident. 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 has reported 11 injuries causing workers to lose time at work on the project. The LRT project’s lost-time rates are better than the industry average for heavy civil construction in Ontario, RTG said.
As many as 1,100 people work 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 those workers received an injury to his hand, but the other two didn’t require treatment.
The Confederation Line LRT, which includes the 2.5-kilometre downtown tunnel, is scheduled to open in 2018.