Inquest scheduled for Ottawa construction worker’s death

Six years after the deadly incident, an inquest will be conducted.

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An inquest is being launched to investigate the death of an Ottawa construction worker. 

Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion, regional supervising coroner for the East Region, Ottawa office, announced an inquest will be conducted for the death of Olivier Bruneau. The 24-year-old died in hospital on March 23, 2016, from injuries sustained while working at a construction site in Ottawa. 

Bruneau died after he was hit by a 12-metre-long piece of ice that slid off the wall of the Claridge Icon condominium construction pit.

Officials noted that an inquest into Bruneau’s death is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Bruneau’s death and the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths from occurring in similar circumstances.

The inquest is expected to last nine days and hear from approximately 16 witnesses.

The inquest will start at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Dr. Geoffrey Bond will be the presiding officer and Jai Dhar will be inquest counsel.

The inquest will be conducted by video conference which the public will be allowed to view.


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