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BMO Centre Expansion mishap sends two workers to hospital

Two workers in their 30s were transported to Foothills Hospital on Friday, after a workplace incident at the BMO Centre Expansion project.

Alberta Health Services EMS confirmed that both patients were taken to hospital in stable condition, with non-life threatening injuries.

A witness to the scene who spoke to LWC said that a gust of wind blew through the third floor of the construction site, knocking over a scissor lift and injuring two men in their 30s.

They said that both men were conscious and talking after the incident.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 pm, with multiple EMS units, ambulances, fire, and police units responding.

It is the first significant workplace incident that has occurred on the BMO Centre Expansion.

CMLC President and CEO Kate Thompson said that Occupational Health and Safety would be working with the construction team at the site to investigate the accident.

“There was an incident this afternoon on site of the BMO Centre expansion. Both workers have been transported from the site for medical attention and we will await further updates,” she said.

On Nov. 3, iron workers on the site raised a tree atop the final steel beam, symbolizing the up till now safety record.

At that time, Thompson praised the incident free record.

“I’m so proud of the team and what we’ve done to get to this point,” she said.