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Parades must balance safety and excitement, expert says

08/05/2013 05:49 EDT | Updated 10/05/2013 05:12 EDT
As Toronto police investigate a weekend fatality at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, a safety expert says that local parade organizers work very hard to prevent such tragedies.

Rueshad Grant, 18, of Mississauga, has been identified as the man who was fatally injured when he was run over by a carnival float on Saturday evening.

He died in hospital from his injuries.

Police initially reported that Grant had fallen from the float. But they now believe that he was beside the truck when he was hit.

The aftermath of that incident was captured on a video that has been posted online. Police are still investigating precisely what happened.

Brian Patterson of the Ontario Safety League says that the planning of a parade involves balancing excitement and safety.

He said the parades that take place in Toronto are generally safe — and that includes the Caribbean Carnival.

"When you consider all of the work that the carnival does for safety, safety planning, briefing and the number of people engaged, it's always been safety first," Patterson said.

While Patterson believes the general circumstances of the weekend incident will need to be reviewed, he suggested there are some protocols that may need specific examination.

Those may include the number of people observing what is happening as a large float or truck is moving along near people.

"When the vehicle is in motion, you often need more people watching," he said.

"It's just a large piece of mass moving and [it’s] very difficult for the driver to see when there are pedestrians around it."

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