OCC Inquest - Farrell 2017

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Farrell
Given Name(s): Joshua
Age: 29

Held at: 45 Main Street East Courtroom 704 Hamilton
From: March 6
To: March 9, 2017
By: Dr. James Kovacs, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Joshua Farrell
Date and time of death: June 25, 2014 at 14:40 hours
Place of death: 600 Hwy 5, Dundas, Ontario
Cause of death: Electrocution in the workplace.
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


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


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


Inquest into the death of:

Joshua Farrell


Jury Recommendations

  1. Ontario Colleges and Trade Schools as organizations involved in Training Trades, to consider developing and requiring for any trade involving welding, a specific training component on Electrical Safety in Welding.
  2. Ontario Ministry of Labour to revise October 2014 Hazard Alert specific to incident, "Electrical Hazards Associated with Welding Equipment", to include reference to CSA Standard (Currently W117.2) relating to Electrical Safety in welding and its contents.
  3. Welding Machine Manufacturers to consider adding more specific detailed information in manuals referencing CSA Standards specific to electrical safety risks and best practices when welding (currently CSA Standard W117.2) and more specific protective measures related to electrical safety in welding.
  4. We suggest that the MOL regulate that all employers in all industries in Ontario that their employees be trained in, familiar with and have access to Manufacturer’s Instructions and Manuals associated with the equipment, tools, machinery used at all job sites; as well as any/all safety or usage documents or manuals referred to in the above mentioned Manufacturer’s Instructions and Manuals. It is assumed that all safety related instructions and required P.P.E. will be mentioned in one of or all the above mentioned documents.
  5. Employers shall ensure that sufficient amounts of  non-conductive insulation material is available for all workers welding in damp areas or areas where workers are surrounded by metal. Also, employers shall ensure that when workers are working in hot environments that could reasonably expect perspiring, that the workers are reminded to change coveralls and gloves so that they remain dry at all times and ensure that their coveralls and gloves are free of any cuts or holes.
  6. We respectfully suggest to Rassaun Services to consider frequently reminding employees to only work within their personal comfort level, capacities and abilities and to assist one another in hazardous conditions, awkward positions, or confined spaces in order to minimize risk of injury or worse.