A TTC worker died over the weekend from injuries sustained on the job

Oct 10 2017, 8:01 pm

An 18-year veteran of the TTC has died after injuries sustained during the job on October 1.

According to the TTC, on the day of the accident just after 2 am, Tom Dedes and his co-workers were off-loading equipment from a TTC pick up truck onto a workcar at McCowan Yard to prepare for maintenance work on Line 3 Scarborough that night.

After the workcar was loaded, it moved off under the power of a locomotive. The TTC said that there was no traction power rail where the workcar was, and that Dedes was in between the pickup truck and the workcar when the tail swing of the car “struck and pinned” Dedes against the pickup truck. The accident caused significant internal injuries.

Dedes, 50, succumbed to his injuries on October 9, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
“On behalf of the entire TTC family, I send my deepest condolences to Tom’s parents and his partner, Gina, at this very difficult time,” said TTC CEO Andy Byford in a statement. “Our thoughts are also with Tom’s co-workers as we all come to terms with this tragic and shocking event.”

The TTC said that the Ontario Ministry of Labour was notified immediately and their investigation is ongoing. As well, a separate TTC investigation is also ongoing.

Mayor John Tory extended his condolences to the Dedes family on Monday.

“Mr. Dedes served this city for 18 years as a TTC subway track maintenance employee. Tragically, he was injured on the job last weekend and died earlier today,” said Tory. “The City will make sure we understand what happened and will take whatever steps we can to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again.”

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