City to honour child killed by falling construction debris

Michelle Krsek was killed in 2009 when construction material fell off a high-rise building in downtown Calgary.

CALGARY – The City of Calgary has unveiled plans to honour a young girl’s tragic death in 2009 with a new award.

Three-year-old Michelle Krsek was killed almost seven years ago when loose construction material fell off a high-rise building in the downtown core.

Her death sparked several changes, including the creation of a new wind warning system for construction sites, new fines for fire and building code violations and stricter building regulations.

On Wednesday, the city announced the creation of two academic awards which will be presented to two students in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management Program at SAIT Polytechnic.

The awards, which will be distributed on April 1st, are meant to raise further awareness of the importance of construction site safety.

“The award is reflective of the opportunity to educate future project managers regarding public safety in the construction industry,” says Marco Civitarese, Chief Building Official, Development & Building Approvals.

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The city says they also intend for the awards to honour the Krsek family.

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