Ministry should create training modules for crews erecting roof trusses, coroner’s jury says

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The provincial ministry of labour should reach out to small construction crews to promote safety as laid out in OHSA regulations, and consider creating training modules for supervisors and crew members involved in erecting trusses, a coroner’s inquest jury has recommended.

The 2017 construction death of a 53-year-old man at a construction site in Sudbury was accidental, the jury concluded, recommending the provincial government consider the complexity of projects instead of the dollar value as the prerequisite for requiring a Notice of Project under Section 5 of the Construction Regulation under the OHSA.

Seven witnesses were scheduled to testify at the inquest, with Dr Steven Bodley presiding as the inquest officer.

According to the Ministry of Labour, construction workers with ProSteel North were working on the garage of a private home, when roof trusses collapsed on the construction worker.

He was transported by ambulance and pronounced dead at hospital.

The jury also recommended that Professional Engineers Ontario provide specific installation/bracing guidelines along with engineered drawings for trusses. 

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