OCC Inquest - Freitas 2017

Bureau du coroner en chef

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Freitas
Given Name(s): Arlindo
Age: 45

Held at: Brampton, ON
From: January 16
To: January 18 2016
By: Dr. W. Lucas, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Arlindo Freitas
Date and time of death: April 25, 2014, 8:22 a.m.
Place of death: Mayfield Road and Chinguacousy Road, Brampton, Ontario
Cause of death: Multiple blunt force injuries
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson)


The verdict was received on the 18 of January, 2017
Coroner's name: Dr. William J. Lucas
(Original signed by coroner)


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


Inquest into the death of:

Arlindo Freitas


Jury Recommendations

To the Ministry of  Labour:

  1. Consider amending the Construction Projects Regulation 213/ 91 to place an obligation on employers to require that all employees to which the regulation applies be required to complete a minimum number of hours of job-specific and health and safety training, at the very least annually.
  2. Consider amending the Construction Projects Regulation 213/ 91 to require employers to review when a signaler/ spotter is required on every new job site where heavy equipment is being operated.
  3. Consider amending the Construction Projects Regulation 213/ 91 to require employers to review with all employees on any new construction project the hazards of working in the vicinity of mobile equipment.
  4. Consider amending any relevant regulations to require operators to sound a horn after idling for an extended period of time before proceeding.

To the Ministry of Labour, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and Worker’s Health and Safety Centre:

  1. Consider including in existing curriculum the potential hazards of clothing which can obstruct vision and/or hearing on construction projects, and providing examples of safer alternatives. (i.e. hat liners instead of hoodies).