Four construction workers in Toronto killed after scaffolding collapsed

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TORONTO - Four construction workers plummeted to their death after scaffolding collapsed at an apartment building in Toronto Thursday evening.
"I can confirm that four were pronounced (dead) on scene," said Rod Hicks, a duty officer with Toronto Medical Services.
A fifth worker was found alive and was rushed to a nearby trauma centre with life threatening injuries.
Const. Tony Vella of the Toronto Police said all five men had been repairing balconies on the thirteenth floor of the high-rise when the scaffolding gave way.
"The scaffolding broke for unknown reasons," he said. "All five men fell to the ground."
Vella added that the five men weren't thought to be wearing harnesses at the time.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident and have launched a probe into the matter with the Ministry of Labour.
Building resident Zainab Fatima said she was first alerted to the accident by the multitude of emergency vehicles gathered below her window.
"I saw all these police cars at the bottom so I was pretty surprised," she said.
Fatima said the building's residents had all been told not to go onto their balconies as they were being refurbished.
After about two months of work to fix cracks and fortify the balconies, Fatima was told yesterday she could start using her balcony again.
"I feel so sorry for those people," she said. "They finished their work finally and then this."
Hamid Khalida, who owns a grocery store at the bottom of the building, said the incident had created quite a stir in the area on Christmas eve.
"Five people went up," she said. "Now one is injured and four are dead."
The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. at 2757 Kipling Ave.
The men's names and ages have not been disclosed.

Organizations: Toronto Medical Services, Toronto Police, Ministry of Labour

Geographic location: Toronto

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