Four men working inside a concrete beam being installed at the Olympic stadium in Montreal, Canada, were killed on Monday (8 March) night when it broke support cables and dropped more than 100 feet (3 metres) to the ground.
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Background: Four men working inside a concrete beam being installed at the Olympic stadium in Montreal, Canada, were killed on Monday (8 March) night when it broke support cables and dropped more than 100 feet (3 metres) to the ground.
The victims had removed steel retaining bars before tightening steel cables within sections of the slab. An official said over 4,000 such operations had been completed without accident and there were another 1,000 to go.
There was a brief strike at the stadium on the night of the accident but site engineer Lionel Reeves said he did not believe the tight schedule on the project would be seriously affected.
The stadium cannot be finished before the Games are due to open on 17 July but a new timetable has been drawn up with the major work completed and a large area of temporary seating. However Quebec Labour Federation President Louis Laberge has blamed "the accelerated rhythm of work' for the accident and he said "this rhythm must be revised if we are to avoid new tragedies".
It was the second fatal accident at the site. Last August a construction worker was killed and four men were injured in a similar accident.