A nine-year-old boy is dead after he was struck by a falling piece of steel in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon.

Steel accident

The incident occurred in an industrial complex in the area of Sherman Street North and Burlington Street East. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

Hamilton EMS platoon chief Jim Summers told CBC News that the incident happened on Imperial St., near Sherman Avenue North and Burlington Street East.

Paramedics reached the scene, a building located in a complex of factories and warehouses, at 1:45 p.m.

Summers said that a piece of steel fell on the boy and crushed his head.

The boy’s father was with him at the time of the incident. It is not immediately clear why they were in the building where the incident occurred.

The boy was taken to Hamilton General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hamilton police say the boy's death is being investigated by both the coroner and the provincial Ministry of Labour.

'I’ve never seen police…rush out of their cars as fast as they were doing, so I knew right away that there was something going on.' —Paul Penn, area resident 

Paul Penn, who lives in an apartment over a storefront near the industrial complex, was outside his home at the time of the accident. He said he heard a “bang,” but initially “didn’t really think anything of it.”

That changed when he heard first responders rushing to the scene. They were met by a woman who was “screaming and crying,” Penn said.

“I’ve never seen police…rush out of their cars as fast as they were doing, so I knew right away that there was something going on.”

News of the accident has frightened Penn’s two sons, who are six and nine years old.

“They were both scared out of their minds when they heard,” he said. “Now they’re scared to come out here by themselves.”

Corrections

  • An earlier version of the story gave an incorrect age for the victim. In an update on the accident, police said the child was nine.
    Dec 15, 2013 7:14 PM ET