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One year later, London Ont., Building collapse brings mixed emotions to survivors – London

Looking back at where he was a year ago, it was a combination of many emotions for Jacob Hurl as his first anniversary. London Ont., Building Collapse the approach.

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“It seems to go by so fast, and I don’t know why,” said Hurl.

“This time last year I was on my way to the hospital and I couldn’t walk, now I can walk and I’m still doing physical therapy to improve things… my mental health. We’re still working on that.”

December 11 will mark a year since two people died in the partial collapse of a building at 555 Teeple Terr., a construction site of an upcoming southwest London apartment building called the Nest on Wonderland.

Both Henry Harder, 26 and John Martens, 21 years old, was killed in the crash and four others were injured, including Hurl, who was eventually rescued.

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This is where Jacob Hurl is stuck. The small hole in the middle is where his legs are stuck up to the top of his thighs, between the metal plate (which is the floor that falls from above) and the concrete. In the left corner you can see some water bottles used to keep Hurl hydrated while they work to free him. The orange piece of plastic on the right is part of the tourniquet used to immobilize his wound.

This is where Jacob Hurl is stuck. The small hole in the middle is where his legs get stuck up to the top of his thighs, between the metal plate (which is the floor that falls from above) and the concrete. In the left corner you can see some water bottles used to keep Hurl hydrated while they work to free him. The orange piece of plastic on the right is part of the tourniquet used to immobilize his wound.

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Hurl was trapped for more than four hours, his leg stuck on the ground floor, with injuries that required amputation.

He’s suffered a wide range of injuries, from a damaged swing to a compression fracture – a cut and crack in his skull – to severe chemical burns.

“Everybody else knows what happened that day was horrible. It shouldn’t have happened and I was hit pretty hard, but I look at the scars on my leg, and if I don’t talk about it or exercise, I don’t think I can live with myself.” , Hurl told Global News .

Jacob Hurl at Station 3 meets with some of the firefighters who helped save his life during the partial collapse of the 555 Teeple Terrace in London Ont on December 11, 2020.

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Jacob Hurl shakes hands with several firefighters at Station 3 who helped save his life during the partial collapse of the 555 Teeple Terrace building in London Ont on December 11, 2020.

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Just this week, the Department of Labor, Training and Skills Development announced eight allegations related to the collapse.

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In an email to Global News, the department said East Elgin Concrete Forming Ltd., iSpan Systems LP and an unidentified individual face a total of eight counts under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

“I think those eight charges show the system is working, and it’s not just a throwaway item,” says Hurl.

“If nobody talks about this, and I don’t interview, and the others involved don’t interview, I honestly feel this is going to be buried by the government because they don’t want to talk about it,” Hurl said. .

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East Elgin Concrete Forming Ltd., a Tillsonburg-based company, faces one count of failing to “provide information, instruction, and supervision to workers to protect public health and safety. employees, at work in London, Ontario.”

iSpan Systems LP, a cold-cast steel framing system manufacturer and supplier based in Princeton, Ont., faces six charges, most of which relate to failure to meet building design provisions differ by statute.

The company is also accused of failing to “ensure that a building, structure or any part thereof, or any other part of the workplace, whether temporary or permanent, is capable of sustaining any load that can be applied to it according to good engineering practice.”

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The individual, who has not been identified, faces one count of “gively giving advice in a negligent or incompetent manner that endangers workers in the workplace.”

Viewers survey the scene of the collapse of a building in London, Ontario on Friday, December 11, 2020.

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In response to the allegations, Hurl was happy to see someone held accountable.

“I think people in the City of London and across Ontario… are watching this closely and are not going to ignore it, like how do you not set changes in something like this? ?” Hurl said.

“You can’t blame this on the weather. It doesn’t look like something is going to blow that building up, so I think a lot of people are excited to see this announcement announced. “

Hurl is looking forward to spending Christmas this year with his family and jokes that he makes sure not to give up Christmas shopping until the last minute like last year.

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Looking to the future, Hurl said he is continuing to advocate for changes in the construction industry and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Division.

“At the time the building collapsed, there was a three-week-old girl who had lost her father, and she would never really get to see him, and something had to be done about that,” notes Hurl.

Henry Harder was 26 years old when he died in a house collapse, leaving behind a wife and daughter, while John Martens, the second one to die, was only 21 years old.

Hurl and family will mark the 11th anniversary by placing workwear on site and rallying with other groups to advocate for change for workers just outside the building.

Mike Carter, chief executive of the London and County Building Association, said the collapse gave all of its members greater insight into job sites.

“It is tragic, and we will wait and see what happens from the trial, but the practices have been reevaluated by all of our members. The kind of work that happens at Teeple Terrace is very common to every construction site,” Carter said. “You look at any condo going up in concrete formwork downtown is an inherent part of every aspect of the industry.

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“It’s super serious for everyone.”

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The LDCA represents about 500 members, and since its collapse has worked to establish a legacy fund to help families affected by the accident.

Carter said they have raised nearly six figures from their members, with some money going to the families of the two men killed. The remaining amount is being set aside to support the injured workers and their families. The funds will also allow retraining for those with serious injuries.

Global News reached out to both alleged companies for comment when the allegations were announced on December 7 and received no response.

A first trial regarding the charges has been scheduled for January 11, 2022.

– with files from Global News ‘Andrew Graham

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