Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Cyr 2018

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Cyr
Given name(s): Robert Garry
Age: 47

Held at: 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa
From: April 24, 2018
To: April 25, 2018
By: Dr. Bob Reddoch
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Robert Garry Cyr
Date and time of death: November 24th, 2015 at 2:54 p.m.
Place of death: The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus
Cause of death: Accident
By what means: Blunt force injuries to the torso

(Original signed by: Foreperson)


The verdict was received on the 25 of April, 2018
Coroner's name: Dr. Bob Reddoch
(Original signed by coroner)


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


Inquest into the death of:

Robert Garry Cyr


Jury Recommendations

To the Ministry of Labour:

  1. Expand the definition of an employee to include any individual(s) or worker(s) performing any duties or value added tasks on all commercial construction sites in Ontario.
  2. On a commercial construction site, a worker should be presumed to be an employee. The onus to dispute this presumption should be the responsibility of the employer, not the Ministry of Labour.
  3. There should be public service education targeting transient workers to help individuals understand their rights, responsibilities and obligations for their own safety. Promote zero tolerance drug policy and reinforce best practices for working at heights on commercial worksites.