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Male worker dead after partial collapse at house under construction in Oakville

A male worker has been killed after the partial collapse of a wall at a house under construction in Oakville Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency responders were called to a home on Bronte Road early Wednesday afternoon

Firefighters on the scene of a partial wall collapse at a house under construction on Bronte Road in Oakville. (Andrew Collins)

A 23-year-old man is dead after the partial collapse of a wall at a house under construction in Oakville Wednesday afternoon.

Halton Regional Police were called to the house on Bronte Road at Khalsa Gate around 12:40 p.m. for reports that one male was suffering from serious injuries.

The worker was pinned under a collapsed cement block wall, Halton Regional Police tweeted. Firefighters and paramedics attempted a rescue, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police, the Ministry of Labour and the coroner's office are investigating.

Ministry spokesperson Janet Deline told CBC Toronto that both a ministry inspector and a structural engineer went to the scene. They will look at the site, equipment and materials that may have been involved and will speak to anyone at the scene who may have relevant information, Deline said.

David Hill, president of Ballantry Homes, the builder of the home where the incident took place, released a statement saying the company is "deeply saddened.

"We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the worker who lost his life," the statement said.

"The health and safety of everyone working on our sites is a top priority for our company. We are cooperating fully with the regulatory agencies investigating this accident."

No details about the victim will be released pending notification of next of kin, police said.

Paul Boissonneault, deputy chief of operations at Oakville Fire, told CBC Toronto that he could not confirm whether high winds were a factor in the collapse.

Oakville is among several southern Ontario cities covered by a special weather statement calling for high winds Wednesday afternoon. As of 1 p.m., Environment Canada reported that winds were at 45 km/h, gusting to 77 km/h in the area.

With files from Nathan Crocker