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One person seriously injured after downtown Ottawa elevator shaft incident

The patient is in the care of Ottawa paramedics.
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Building on Gloucester Street in Ottawa where a worker fell down an elevator shaft, August 14, 2019. Photo/ Ottawa and District Labour Council

One person is being treated for serious injuries after an incident in an elevator shaft at the site of a new build on Gloucester Street, downtown.

Ottawa firefighters were called to rescue a person at partially constructed apartment or condo building, between O'Connor Street and Metcalfe Street, at 8:51 a.m., Wednesday.

The Ottawa Fire Service's rope rescue crew assisted with packaging the patient and attached ropes to lift them to safety. 

The person who was injured in the elevator shaft is in the care of Ottawa paramedics.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council says the contractor working at the site is Claridge Homes -- the same contractor who was responsible for a worker fatality only a few years ago at the corner of Preston street and Carling Avenue.

The Ministry of Labour says it was notified of an incident Wednesday morning. It would not confirm any details about the incident. The ministry also explains that it is a Claridge Homes project but will not confirm if Claridge Homes is the employer of the person injured. 

A ministry inspector has been assigned to investigate.


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