Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife has taken strong actions to challenge the Ontario government to respond to the death of construction worker Nick Lalonde, who fell from an 11-storey building on October 11, 2013.
On October 23th, she made this statement in the legislature:
On October 29th, she asked Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi why his Ministry has failed to implement a mandatory training standard for falls prevention:
On November 5th, she addressed her question to Premier Wynne: why have they still not acted?
The Record ran an excellent editorial on October 31 applauding Fife for her efforts and supporting her calls for government action. Here's an excerpt, followed by a link to the full article:
The wheels of the Ontario government move slowly, too slowly to have saved Nick Lalonde from falling several storeys to his death at a Waterloo construction site.
No one can say with certainty that the 23-year-old worker and father of a young daughter would be alive today if the government had delivered on a three-year-old pledge to have mandatory fall prevention safety training for workers like him.
We echo MPP Fife's plea to Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi. Wait no more.
The construction industry is the most dangerous sector in which to work in this country, according to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada. Construction workers should not have to risk dying to make their living.