City announces new plans to protect public from falling construction debris

Starting on Tuesday, Calgary construction projects will have to clear another hurdle before being allowed to proceed.

The City of Calgary will now require buildings that are five stories or higher to submit a ‘public protection site safety plan’ before they can receive a building permit.

“These plans are intended to ensure the public are protected around construction sites at all times,” says Kevin Griffiths, manager Building Regulations, in a news release. Griffiths adds, “We have worked closely with the construction industry in Calgary to determine plan requirements and to develop a review process.”

The changes come following the tragic death of three-year-old Michelle Krsek in 2009. The young girl was killed when loose construction material fell off a high-rise building in the downtown core.

For more information on the plan, and plan requirements visit the City of Calgary’s website.


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