The Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) are investigating a Highlands East construction site after an explosion seriously injured a worker.

The incident occurred the morning of March 4 at a home build on Aspen Lane, according to OPP.

The Ministry of Labour said it was reported the worker started up a propane salamander heater, which exploded.

“The lone male worker was by himself on the property,” OFM investigator Michael Rushton said. “He actually called 911 himself.”

An ambulance transported the worker, with serious injuries, to a local hospital. OPP said an Ornge Air Ambulance then transported him to a Toronto-area hospital


The front of the property had no visible exterior damage. Rushton said the explosion was mostly contained inside the building.

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority and the Highlands East Fire Department also attended the scene, the MOL said.

The MOL and OFM are investigating the scene. Rushton said he hopes to finish on the property today, though the investigation will continue after.

A ministry spokesperson said the length of the investigation will depend on the complexity of the case.

The Highlander will provide more information as it is made available.

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