City inspectors spent Monday morning at the scene of a fatal railing collapse on a balcony in Lachine.
Two men died, but 24-year-old Allan Nabinacaboo is still alive but critically injured following the accident.
Nabinacaboo is badly hurt with a broken pelvis, fractured neck, and a perforated liver.
He, along with 23-year-old Job Nelson Guanish and a 32-year-old man were on the balcony smoking late Saturday night when the railing collapsed and they plunged 15 metres to the ground below.
The three men are all apparently from Kawawachikamach, north of Sept-Iles.
Nabinacaboo’s sister lived in a neighbouring apartment and called their parents at 2 a.m. to tell them of the crash.
Gilles Corbeil and Christina Nabinacaboo rushed to Montreal to be at their son’s side.
“He has massive injuries. All his family is coming down from everywhere to be with him. That’s why we came from Kawawachikamach last night,” he said.
Corbeil said he has been to the apartment before, and warned his son not to trust the balcony.
“I’ve mentioned it so many times not to go out and play around out there because to me it wasn’t safe,” said Corbeil. “The railings are loose; the floor if you go out there yourself you jump like that and everything shakes.”
On Sunday inspectors began checking the other balconies on the building, which was constructed in the 1960s. Some doors to the balconies with wooden beams were barred to prevent people from going outside. They have also put up notices warning residents that the balconies are unsafe.
City inspectors are also checking other buildings in the area to see if those balconies are structurally sound.
The owner of the building, well-known boxer Lucian Buté, is expected to bring in private inspectors to check the building, and they will compare notes with the city’s workforce.
“We’re going to be sure that if something’s different from our own inspection, (we’ll tell him) what he should do to be sure that everything should be alright for the security of the people who live in that building,” said urban planning director Michel Seguin.
Meanwhile, a community is left grieving.
“I feel sorry for the two boys from our community,” said Corbeil. “Right now my prayers are with them and my heart is with my son trying to survive in the hospital.”