Investigation ongoing into Fortis Place death

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A construction worker fell six storeys from the top of the Fortis Place building last October. The investigation is ongoing. — Telegram file photo

The investigation into the death of a worker who fell six storeys from the top of a construction site in downtown St. John’s remains open, according to a government spokeswoman.

Last October, a 61-year-old man appeared to have fallen through a wooden guardrail at the top of the under-construction Fortis Place building, located at the corner of Springdale Street and New Gower Street.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was at the scene the day he fell, but it did not conduct a criminal investigation. The matter was then turned over to Occupation Health and Safety (OHS).

A spokeswoman for Service NL — the government department responsible for OHS — said there is a two-year window within the statute of limitations for the government to lay charges against the employer under the OHS Act, if they are warranted.

Once the investigation is completed, reports will be prepared and the matter will go under review, according to the spokeswoman.

Media reports at the time of the incident made note of high winds and rain. A stop-work order was issued to let OHS officers examine the site.

Organizations: New Gower Street.The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Service NL

Geographic location: Fortis Place, Springdale Street

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