OCC Inquest - Bernier 2017

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Bernier
Given Name(s): Rejean
Age: 61

Held at: Ottawa, Ontario
From: March 7
To: March 9, 2017
By: Dr. John Earle, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Rejean Bernier
Date and time of death: July 17, 2014 at 12:33 p.m.
Place of death: Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Ottawa, Ontario
Cause of death: Traumatic asphyxia
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


The verdict was received on March 9, 2017
Coroner's name: Dr. John Earle
(Original signed by coroner)


We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:


Inquest into the death of:

Rejean Bernier

Jury Recommendations

  1. It is recommended that the Ministry of Labour consult with stakeholders to develop best practices ensuring that there is constant contact between the signaler and the operator of the vehicle when the vehicle is in motion on a construction site. 
  2. It is recommended that the Ministry of Labour consult with stakeholders to develop best practices ensuring that drivers of vehicles proceeding in reverse at or entering a construction site stop their vehicle when losing contact of the signaler.