WOODSTOCK (GNB) – Chief Coroner Gregory Forestell announced that an inquest into the death of James Baker has been scheduled for March 19-21 at the Best Western Plus Woodstock Hotel and Conference Centre, 123 Gallop Crt., Woodstock.

Baker died on Oct. 27, 2014, from injuries sustained during his employment at a gravel pit in Caraquet.

Presiding coroner Gregory Forestell and a jury will publicly hear evidence from witnesses in order to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

This inquest was announced 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.

An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for the public presentation of all evidence relating to a death. The New Brunswick Coroner Service is an independent fact-finding agency that may not make any finding of legal responsibility.