Open gate to construction site causes stir at John Fisher Public School

News Nov 14, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

A long list of assurances that a construction project at 18 Erskine Ave. would place a premium on safety and security has some local residents questioning whether enough is being done to keep those promises.

The community fought hard to have multiple safety measures put in place, particularly given that the work is taking place next to John Fisher Public School. Multiple meetings were held and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) even contemplated moving students from the school to an alternate site while construction was underway before finally feeling comfortable with the many safety measures agreed upon.

Following the uploading of a video by concerned parent Stavros Rougas that showed an open gate leading into the construction site, the safety issue was once again thrust into the spotlight.

“I was just walking by on my way to pick my son up from school – it was 3:25, the middle of the day – and it was wide open,” Rougas said in an interview. “There was no one there, and there’s always supposed to be a supervisor (to ensure the site is operating safely, as per the conditions agreed upon.)”

Rougas noted there have been few issues regarding safety, but the open gate was a shock given that it was midday and children were just getting out of school.

“Generally, things have been OK,” he said. “They’re just digging a hole right now, so there will be louder (work) still to come, but the TDSB did a good job of getting a lot of (safety measures) in place.”

In a written statement, Nathan Katz of the KG Group, the company doing the construction work, reiterated the company’s commitment to safety and noted that there was in fact a supervisor on site at the time.

“Our construction superintendent was in the process of closing down the site at the time and was giving instruction to a contractor inside the gate,” Katz said in the statement. “Unfortunately, the individual who captured the video footage did not realize that our site superintendent was in fact on site.”

Katz went on to note, despite the open gate, there was not unfettered access to the construction site.

“Importantly, the video clearly shows that there is an additional security safety fence surrounding the construction site itself,” Katz noted. “As a further preventative measure, in the months ahead, safety guard presence will be extended beyond site closure to include school pick-up times.”

Beyond concerns about the open gate, Rougas said the closure of the sidewalk next to the school to make way for construction will cause additional issues.

This, he said, is an issue the city should tackle in order to ensure proper safety for students and families in the area. As it stands, the next closest crossing is at Redpath Avenue, some distance from the school.

“We need a crossing in the area for the next three or four years (as construction continues) so people can have a safe place to cross the street to get to the school,” he said.


Open gate to construction site causes stir at John Fisher Public School

Developer assures parents safety measures are in place

News Nov 14, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

A long list of assurances that a construction project at 18 Erskine Ave. would place a premium on safety and security has some local residents questioning whether enough is being done to keep those promises.

The community fought hard to have multiple safety measures put in place, particularly given that the work is taking place next to John Fisher Public School. Multiple meetings were held and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) even contemplated moving students from the school to an alternate site while construction was underway before finally feeling comfortable with the many safety measures agreed upon.

Following the uploading of a video by concerned parent Stavros Rougas that showed an open gate leading into the construction site, the safety issue was once again thrust into the spotlight.

“I was just walking by on my way to pick my son up from school – it was 3:25, the middle of the day – and it was wide open,” Rougas said in an interview. “There was no one there, and there’s always supposed to be a supervisor (to ensure the site is operating safely, as per the conditions agreed upon.)”

Rougas noted there have been few issues regarding safety, but the open gate was a shock given that it was midday and children were just getting out of school.

“Generally, things have been OK,” he said. “They’re just digging a hole right now, so there will be louder (work) still to come, but the TDSB did a good job of getting a lot of (safety measures) in place.”

In a written statement, Nathan Katz of the KG Group, the company doing the construction work, reiterated the company’s commitment to safety and noted that there was in fact a supervisor on site at the time.

“Our construction superintendent was in the process of closing down the site at the time and was giving instruction to a contractor inside the gate,” Katz said in the statement. “Unfortunately, the individual who captured the video footage did not realize that our site superintendent was in fact on site.”

Katz went on to note, despite the open gate, there was not unfettered access to the construction site.

“Importantly, the video clearly shows that there is an additional security safety fence surrounding the construction site itself,” Katz noted. “As a further preventative measure, in the months ahead, safety guard presence will be extended beyond site closure to include school pick-up times.”

Beyond concerns about the open gate, Rougas said the closure of the sidewalk next to the school to make way for construction will cause additional issues.

This, he said, is an issue the city should tackle in order to ensure proper safety for students and families in the area. As it stands, the next closest crossing is at Redpath Avenue, some distance from the school.

“We need a crossing in the area for the next three or four years (as construction continues) so people can have a safe place to cross the street to get to the school,” he said.


Open gate to construction site causes stir at John Fisher Public School

Developer assures parents safety measures are in place

News Nov 14, 2017 by Justin Skinner City Centre Mirror

A long list of assurances that a construction project at 18 Erskine Ave. would place a premium on safety and security has some local residents questioning whether enough is being done to keep those promises.

The community fought hard to have multiple safety measures put in place, particularly given that the work is taking place next to John Fisher Public School. Multiple meetings were held and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) even contemplated moving students from the school to an alternate site while construction was underway before finally feeling comfortable with the many safety measures agreed upon.

Following the uploading of a video by concerned parent Stavros Rougas that showed an open gate leading into the construction site, the safety issue was once again thrust into the spotlight.

“I was just walking by on my way to pick my son up from school – it was 3:25, the middle of the day – and it was wide open,” Rougas said in an interview. “There was no one there, and there’s always supposed to be a supervisor (to ensure the site is operating safely, as per the conditions agreed upon.)”

Rougas noted there have been few issues regarding safety, but the open gate was a shock given that it was midday and children were just getting out of school.

“Generally, things have been OK,” he said. “They’re just digging a hole right now, so there will be louder (work) still to come, but the TDSB did a good job of getting a lot of (safety measures) in place.”

In a written statement, Nathan Katz of the KG Group, the company doing the construction work, reiterated the company’s commitment to safety and noted that there was in fact a supervisor on site at the time.

“Our construction superintendent was in the process of closing down the site at the time and was giving instruction to a contractor inside the gate,” Katz said in the statement. “Unfortunately, the individual who captured the video footage did not realize that our site superintendent was in fact on site.”

Katz went on to note, despite the open gate, there was not unfettered access to the construction site.

“Importantly, the video clearly shows that there is an additional security safety fence surrounding the construction site itself,” Katz noted. “As a further preventative measure, in the months ahead, safety guard presence will be extended beyond site closure to include school pick-up times.”

Beyond concerns about the open gate, Rougas said the closure of the sidewalk next to the school to make way for construction will cause additional issues.

This, he said, is an issue the city should tackle in order to ensure proper safety for students and families in the area. As it stands, the next closest crossing is at Redpath Avenue, some distance from the school.

“We need a crossing in the area for the next three or four years (as construction continues) so people can have a safe place to cross the street to get to the school,” he said.