Construction worker dies after falling off of apartment building

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Emergency services at the scene of 173 King. (Photo by Heather Davidson)

At approximately 11:30 a.m., a construction worker was killed after he fell several stories onto the scaffolding at 173 King Street, a building that is currently in the midst of construction. An ORNGE air ambulance was called in at about 11:50 a.m. and landed on Alumni Field at Wilfrid Laurier University. The university evacuated the field and nearby parking lots in anticipation of the helicopter.

Waterloo Region Fire Rescue used a truck crane to go up to the scaffolding where the man fell. According to workers at the building, someone was moving the construction crane to move some bricks when the fall happened.

Waterloo Region Police Services (WRPS) did not immediately confirm the condition of the man, but did note that Ontario’s ministry of labour arrived about one hour after the accident to survey the scene and to conduct an investigation. CTV News Kitchener reported later in the afternoon that the man died as a result of his injuries.

The injured worker was not aboard the ORNGE air ambulance when it left Laurier shortly after 1 p.m.

More to come.