Canadian Contractor

Why the long delay for an inquest into the death of a construction worker?

Three years before we get to an inquest. Unacceptable, says Alec Caldwell.


July 6, 2016
By Alec Caldwell

death scene-1Mark Norman was 43 years old the day he died alone at the bottom of a 14-foot trench on March 13, 2013, trapped under a slab of fallen concrete in Toronto. Mr. Norman was helping install new sewer services for an industrial building. At the time the accident was being investigated by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the city said they would cooperate fully with the investigation.

That was over three years ago!

So my question is: why has it taken so long to finally get to an inquest into this tragedy?

Mark Norman’s family, I’m sure, need answers on how this occurred. They need to know if someone be held accountable for Mark’s unnecessary fatality. Up to now, I’ve not noted any prosecution. Certainly the upcoming inquest will make recommendations in order to protect future worker’s welfare and that’s all good and well. But we need to know an awful lot more – and soon.

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