Construction Deaths

October 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm (Uncategorized)

The letter below appeared in the October 14, 2011 edition of the Globe and Mail. I made a similar observation in January of this year, but this makes the point succinctly.

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Construction deaths

The death of a worker at a subway construction site at Toronto’s York University this week (Trouble In Transit – Oct. 12) should remind us all of the dangerous, extremely valuable work Canadians in construction and the trades perform.

Many workers die in construction accidents across Canada every year, yet they do so in relative obscurity: no huge funerals, mass media coverage or Highways of Heroes for these people. Yet, heroic is exactly what they are. The work that they risk – and all too often lose – their lives to complete enables the rest of society to benefit from the most complex infrastructure in the world.

Andrew van Velzen, Toronto

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