Inquest into Ottawa construction worker's death starts today
Benjamin Long, 50, died in May 2011 after concrete porch collapsed
An inquest into the death of an Ottawa construction worker begins Monday, almost three years after the incident in the city’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood.
Benjamin Long, 50, died from injuries suffered after a slab of concrete fell on him while jackhammering a concrete porch at a Marlborough Street home on May 4, 2011.
The other worker suffered a broken ankle.
Work done on 106-year-old home
At the time of the incident, project engineers said the crew had been assigned to do basic renovation work, including re-doing the concrete porch of the home, which was built in 1905.
Co-workers said Long spent most days assigned to drive the company's supply truck, but that he also did masonry work.
Dr. David Eden will preside as the coroner of the inquest, starting Monday. It's expected to last three days and hear from 15 witnesses. Crown Attorney Terrance Cooper will be the presiding counsel.
At the end of the inquest, a jury will provide recommendations to prevent similar incidents in the future.
In December 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Labour also charged Hoskins Restoration Services with offences under the Ontario Labour Code in connection with Long’s death.