A co-worker injured in the same accident that claimed the life of a Toronto transit worker broke down during a funeral mass Monday morning, weeping and beating on the casket as it sat in the hearse.

The man cried out, calling on God to take Antonio Almeida into his hands.

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The TTC guard of honour salutes Almeida's casket as it is carried out of a church on Bloor Street West. ((Steven D'Souza/CBC))

Pallbearers and another injured co-worker leaning on a canetried to comfort the man, who wept loudly and pounded the casket for nearly a minute.

"I tried to help him… I couldn't," he said softly as he sat down in a wheelchair and was pushed away.

He was amongabout 1,000 family, friends and co-workers who gathered around 9:30 a.m. ET topay tributeto the 38-year-old man killed in a subway crash last Monday.

A Toronto Transit Commission guard of honour saluted Almeida's casket as it was carried out of St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Bloor Street West.

"We're all gonna miss him a lot," said a fellow crew member who didn't give his name. "He was a great guy. The TTC lost an exceptional employee and we lost a great human being."

Mayor David Miller, who also attended, called Almeida's death a "real tragedy."

"Mr. Almeida was a terrific employee. He's got young children and an accident like this shouldn't happen. Our workers deserve to be safe," Miller said.

Almeidaleaves behindhiswife and two children —an eight-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.

Minute of silence on TTC vehicles

He was crushed in an accident last Monday when a piece of equipment on a flatbed car fell on top of the work subway carAlmeida was operating. He was part of a crew removing asbestos from tunnel walls.

To pay tribute to the worker, the TTC's entire system — all streetcars, subway cars and buses — stopped and opened their doors for a minute of silence at 11 a.m. ET.

"We want to honour the life and work of Antonio Almeida. We're all shaken up by the accident," said Coun. Joe Mihevc, vice-chair of the Toronto Transit Commission.

"It's also a way of us saying that there's no job out there … that we can't do safely."