EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – Recommendations have been made to improve the safety of dump truck drivers around stockpiles following a coroner’s inquest in Edmundston.

A mandatory inquest into the death of Valdor Michaud was held Dec. 20-22. Michaud died on July 10, 2015, from injuries sustained during his employment at a gravel pit in Drummond. An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for public presentation of all evidence relating to a death.

The five-person jury selected from the community made the following recommendations:

•                     Section 193(2) of the General Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act should be amended to include the following information:

-        Vehicles should stop at least five metres from the edge of the pile.

-        Workers should ensure that the unloading surface is slightly sloping towards the edge of the pile.

-        Workers should ensure that the unloading surface is perfectly equal on both sides.

-        Workers should install orange safety cones at least five metres from the edge of the pile.

•                     Dump trucks must have a rear-view camera.

•                     A company's occupational health and safety policies and procedures should be read and signed by all employees at least once a year.

•                     The WorkSafeNB hazard alert document Safe driving techniques around stockpiles should be included in the policies and procedures of any New Brunswick companies using dump trucks.

The Office of the Chief Coroner will forward these recommendations to the appropriate government departments and agencies for consideration and response. The responses will be included in the chief coroner’s annual report for 2017.

The inquest was held pursuant to Section 7(b) of the Coroners Act, which states the Office of the Coroner shall hold an inquest when a worker dies as a result of an accident occurring in the course of his or her employment at or in a woodland operation, sawmill, lumber processing plant, food processing plant, fish processing plant, construction project site, mining plant or mine, including a pit or quarry.