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.
Long, who worked for Hoskins Restoration Services, and a 36-year-old co-worker plunged four metres into a cold storage room below, with concrete slabs falling on top of them.
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.