May 27, 2019 12:11 pm
Updated: May 27, 2019 5:35 pm

Police say one worker injured in downtown Oshawa after roof, wall collapses

Emergency crews block off scene after police say a man fell off the roof of a storefront.

Brittany Rosen

Police say a man was injured after a brick wall collapsed at a construction site in downtown Oshawa.

It happened around 10 a.m. Monday morning at a storefront on Division Street and Elgin Street East.

Emergency crews responded to the scene where workers appeared to be doing some work on the roof.

Witnesses say one of the men was on the roof when it fell in, taking the brick wall with it, causing a worker to fall two storeys to the ground.

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Police say one person suffered minor injuries, the other was taken to a trauma centre with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

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The Ministry of Labour along with DRPS and Oshawa Fire is now investigating what might have led to the accident.

Officials say it’s not clear who the employer is at this time.

As for neighbours in the area, many say the accident came out of nowhere.

“I was asleep at the time when the wall came down…it scared me. I thought a car hit the building,” Ron Hookaboon said.

Resident Sarah Bern saw the construction worker “go up the ladder to go up and see what was going on with the roof…Then all I heard was ‘bang, crash,’ and then my husband started screaming someone’s down and injured, call the police.”

Bern said she is devastated to hear what has happened, and hopes accidents like these can be prevented in the future.

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