Man dies after being struck by hammer on the head during construction work

A construction worker was killed Thursday when he was struck by a hammer during construction on the west side of Toronto, the city said.

The man, who had not been identified, was hit by a piece of concrete while laying a foundation for a large, concrete walkway in Scarborough, the Toronto Fire Department said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Toronto police officer, a city worker and two workers from a contractor were not injured.

“The man was laying concrete in Scarborough when he fell and fell, fell on his head,” said city spokesperson Brian Purdy.

The construction company did not respond to CBC News’ request for comment.

The worker was the city’s only public employee who worked on the walkway.

He had been working on the construction site on the east side of the city since June, Purdy said.

“It was a very challenging and busy day, with a lot of construction going on and lots of trucks moving,” he said.

Purdy declined to say what the concrete was used for, saying the city is still investigating.

The city said workers had just finished laying the foundation for the walkways at a time when a worker had broken his neck while laying the groundwork.

The Toronto Sun reported that the city has not given a specific timeline for when the walk will be completed.