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Elliot Lake Mall Collapse: Key Recommendations From Inquiry

10/15/2014 11:00 EDT | Updated 12/15/2014 05:59 EST
ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. - The inquiry into the deadly collapse of a mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., two years ago reported on Wednesday. Some key recommendations:

— The province should establish minimum standards of maintenance for buildings like the Algo Centre Mall.

— Properly qualified structural engineers should inspect buildings when sold, more frequently if public safety dictates.

— Make information about building condition easily accessible and understandable to owners, the public and potential buyers.

— Enforcement of standards should be straightforward and make public authorities accountable for their decisions and actions.

— Professional engineers and municipal building officials should be trained and certified, and information about them accessible to owners and the public.

— Increase capacity of search and rescue teams to respond to structural collapses.

— Have one person in charge of an emergency response.

— Improve communications among emergency responders, and between responders and the public, especially victims.

— Improve federal funding of heavy search and rescue teams across Canada.

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