Inquest into deadly 2009 scaffolding collapse delayed

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

It has been almost 11 years since a scaffolding collapse killed four Toronto construction workers on Christmas Eve 2009 and a coroner’s inquest into the circumstances of their deaths has been delayed.

Dr. Richard Wells, Regional Supervising Coroner for Central Region, Toronto West Office, announced that the inquest into the deaths of Fayzullo Fazilov, 31, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, 24, Vladimir Korostin, 40, and Aleksey Blumberg, 38, scheduled to begin on Nov. 30, has been postponed.

The men died from multiple injuries sustained when they fell from scaffolding at a construction site in Toronto. A fifth worker was injured in the incident. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The project manager was holding onto a balcony when the swing stage collapsed and was charged with four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and his appeal of the conviction failed. According to court documents, Kazenelson knew fall protection measures were not being used at the time of the incident.

Approximately 12 witnesses are expected to participate in the hearing, after which the coroner’s jury may make recommendations aimed a preventing future mishaps, injuries and deaths. Due to COVID-19-related public health protocols, the inquest was to be conducted as a video conference.

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