Tim DesGrosseilliers, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of an industrial accident that took place at the new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship before 10:00 am on the morning of September 8, while another was taken to the hospital after sustaining non-fatal injuries.
Toronto Police say DesGrosseilliers died after being pinned by a falling piece of equipment while working in an elevator shaft. Emergency crews discovered the two men in an elevator shaft suffering from their injuries. Constable Craig Bister told AM 640 that the accident “involved the collapse of some scaffolding” in the elevator shaft.
The Ministry of Labour is conducting an investigation into the accident, and will be working with the general contractor of the site, Bird Construction.
“This is something we never want to see happen on our campuses, and our deepest sympathies go out to those affected,” said Scott Mabury, Vice-President of University Operations at U of T. Mabury confirmed that the university would be working with the Ministry of Labour and the general contractor to investigate the series of events that led to the accident.
Various campus groups have issued condolences to the deceased.
Our thoughts go out to the family of the worker killed on our campus this morning. #UofT
— ASSU (@assu_uoft) September 8, 2017