BATHURST (GNB) – Recommendations have been made to improve the safety of people working at construction project sites. The recommendations follow a coroner’s inquest in Bathurst.

A mandatory inquest into the death of Jean-Guy Boudreau was held June 26-27. Boudreau died on July 4, 2016, from injuries received during the course of his employment at a construction project site in Beresford. An inquest is a formal court proceeding that allows for the public presentation of all evidence relating to a death.

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

  • raise awareness and encourage the implementation of health and safety procedures at small and medium-sized businesses; and
  • ask suppliers and manufacturers to provide additional recommendations regarding the safe manipulation and installation of items that are not standard.

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 2018.

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.