When most people in Ontario think of hazardous situations, they probably think about dangerous drivers, cyclists negotiating city streets, icy sidewalks in the winter or other obvious dangers. The truth is many hazards either are hidden from view, or are not obvious even when they're in plain sight. A personal injury can happen at any given moment, as an unfortunate pedestrian found out recently.
On May 17, a large quantity of bricks fell from the roof of a Danforth Avenue building around 6:30 p.m. Approximately 100 bricks came tumbling down, destroying an awning and sending pedestrians running to avoid injury. One pedestrian was unable to escape the cascading bricks.
Emergency personnel found the man conscious, but suffering from a head injury. A witness believes the awning might have saved him from more serious damage. Paramedics rushed the man to hospital for treatment.
The area in front of the building, which has a restaurant on the ground floor, was littered with bricks on both the sidewalk and on the street. Workers closed the area to allow for clean up of the debris. A building inspector later arrived on the scene to assess the integrity of the building.
If it turns out the fallen bricks were a known hazard, or should have been, the owner of the premises may be liable for the man's injuries. Property owners in Ontario owe a duty of care to the public to maintain safe premises. Any man or woman who suffers a personal injury that he or she believes is the fault of another party's negligence has the right to seek counsel from a lawyer, who can then advise on a course of action.
Source: CTV News - Toronto, "Dozens of bricks slammed onto a pedestrian after a Danforth Village building collapsed", Amara McLaughlin, May 18, 2017