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Inquest makes safety recommendations following construction site death

By Regis Phillips Dec 11, 2023 | 6:39 AM

A jury at a coroner’s inquest has made recommendations to improve safety for construction sites following a workplace death.

Daniel Moore died in July 2021 after falling off a roof while at work.

The inquest found Moore’s death was the result of an accident.

The five-member jury heard from eight witnesses and made the following recommendations:

  • All job sites should have one licensed carpenter on site.
  • All job sites should have one worker trained in first aid.
  • Building permits for new home construction must be associated with a licensed carpenter.
  • Members of the Canadian Home Builders Association of New Brunswick should take refresher safety courses every one to two years.
  • Roof trusses should be assembled on the ground whenever possible.
  • In rafters, any strapping used as temporary connectors between trusses should be 2×4.
  • The height for equipment designed to stop falls should be less than three metres when over concrete; three metres is fine over plywood floors.
  • More random inspections by building inspectors should be done.

The chief coroner will forward these recommendations to the appropriate agencies for consideration and response.