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Inquest concludes in construction worker death

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August 1, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

A Thunder Bay jury has made nine recommendations following an inquest into the death of a 24-year-old construction worker, according to a CBC report.

Two years ago Gustavo Argueta died after an elevated work platform he was working on at the Mackenzie River Bridge fell over.

The recommendations include the following:

For the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities:

  • Develop and implement standardized, mandatory training that is specific to elevated work platforms, in collaboration with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association. This should include training on the theoretical and practical operation of both the classes of machines and the specific machines used in the construction industry.
  • Base the training program on elevated work platforms on existing Canadian Standards Association standards, and on manufacturers operating procedures and best practices.
  • Investigate establishing construction industry mentorship programs for young and inexperienced workers.

For the Ministry of Labour:

  • Develop regulations that require persons who are already certified on the competent operation of elevated work platforms be retrained and recertified after a defined period of time.
  • Develop regulations that require any training program developed by the MTCU for elevated work platforms be mandatory for workers and direct supervisors operating such elevated work platforms in the construction industry.
  • Develop regulations that deal with the documentation of elevated work platform inspections by operators prior to the initial use (on a daily basis).
  • Implement stronger minimum penalties for altering or disabling safety mechanisms on equipment.

For the Canadian Standards Association:

  • An investigation, in collaboration with elevated work platform manufacturers, of the potential to implement interlock technologies that enhance the safe use of elevated work platform machines.

For the Construction Industry:

  • Hold daily “tool box” meetings that should include both a plan and a discussion of the day’s specific workplace objectives to address safety concerns.