Nearly 11 years after a scaffolding collapse killed four Toronto construction workers on Christmas Eve 2009, a coroner’s inquest is set to examine the circumstances of their deaths. Dr. Richard Wells, a regional supervising coroner in Toronto, will oversee the proceedings, beginning November 30.
A construction site supervisor has already been convicted in the deaths of Fayzullo Fazilov, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, Vladimir Korostin, and Aleksey Blumberg, who ranged in age from 24 to 40 at the time. The pending inquest is mandatory under Ontario’s Coroners Act.
Approximately 12 witnesses are expected to participate in the hearing, after which the coroner’s jury may make recommendations aimed a preventing future mishaps, injuries and deaths. Due to COVID-19-related public health protocols, the inquest will be conducted as a video conference, which the public can view online.