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Project manager in deadly scaffolding collapse allowed lax safety: court hears

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TORONTO – A man who survived a deadly scaffolding collapse in Toronto in 2009 has told his project manager’s trial that construction workers were allowed to get on a swing stage that day without everyone being attached to a safety lifeline.

Shohruh Tojiddinov says he was among a crew making repairs to balconies at a high-rise apartment building in the city’s west end when the incident took place.

Project manager Vadim Kazenelson faces four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Tojiddinov says Kazenelson chose to join workers that day who were using a swing stage to go up and down the outside of the building.

At the end of the day, Tojiddinov says six workers, including the site supervisor, got onto a swing stage which only had two lifelines.

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Tojiddinov says he attached himself to one lifeline and heard Kazenelson, who was still on a 13th floor balcony beside the swing stage, ask about lifelines, but the site supervisor told him not to worry.

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