Companies in court over death of Michelle Krsek, 3, from falling steel

CALGARY – Three companies are due in court today to face safety code charges after three-year-old Michelle Krsek was killed by falling construction material in downtown Calgary in August, 2009.

Though they’re grieving the loss of their little girl as they brace for the court hearing, Michelle’s parents say they find some solace in a new bundle of joy – a baby boy born just over two weeks ago.

"He’s a really good baby. We’re just enjoying having him," said Mariana Krsek, of her newborn son, Michael.

On Aug. 1, 2009, Mariana, her husband Miroslav, and their children Michelle, who was almost 4, and Erik, 7, were walking along 9th Avenue S.W. when wind blew a bundle of steel off the roof of the Le Germain hotel-condo project.

Michelle died. Miroslav and Erik were injured.

The building owner, Germain Residences, the general contractor, Grenville-Germain Calgary Limited Partnership and the subcontractor Flynn Canada are facing one count each under the Safety Codes Act for "allowing an unsafe condition."

The offence can lead to fines of up to $15,000.

In February, 2010, the three companies pleaded not guilty to the violations.

Michelle’s death prompted the city and the construction industry to look at new safety options. The city has also proposed changes to the legislation that would increase fines for construction site safety violations that threaten lives.

Mariana Krsek said the family still struggles with Michelle’s loss. Miroslav, badly injured, must still undergo surgeries and isn’t able to work.They’re hoping to put the court proceedings behind them, she said.

"We’re just waiting for this to end."

The couple finds comfort in little Michael, she added.

"It feels good," Mariana said.

Calgary Herald


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