11/02/2015 03:58 EST | Updated 11/02/2015 03:59 EST

Saskatchewan Children's Hospital Construction Resumes After Forklift Breaks Patient's Window

Additional safety measures are being taken.

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SASKATOON — Construction has resumed on the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon after a safety scare last week.

Work was stopped last Wednesday after a forklift punched through the window of a patient room in a surgery area at the Royal University Hospital next door.

Dan Florizone, CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region, says staff and one patient were shaken up.

Tom Holfeld, district manager for Graham Construction, says additional safety measures are being taken.

They include installing plywood over windows to protect them and removing a ground-level walkway between a parkade and a hospital pedway.

The health region and Graham Construction have also set up a safety committee to do weekly reviews and ensure all safety measures are met.

"Really what it is is thinking about ... the potential risks ... and once those risks are identified, then we put measures in place to mitigate those,'' Holfeld said Monday.

"We took this very, very seriously and we're confident in Graham's plan in terms of taking it equally seriously,'' said Florizone, who added that the accident happened just minutes before the room would have been occupied.


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