OCC Inquest - Piccinin 2016

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Piccinin
Given Name(s): Emilio
Age: 61

Held at: 25 Morton Shulman Avenue, Toronto
From: May 9
To: May 11, 2016
By: Dr. Joel Ross, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Emilio Piccinin
Date and time of death: May 12, 2008 at 4:25 p.m.
Place of death: St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
Cause of death: Blunt force head injuries
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


The verdict was received on May 11, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. Joel Ross
(Original signed by coroner)


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


Inquest into the death of:

Emilio Piccinin


Jury Recommendations

To the Ministry of Labour:

  1. A third-party compliance officer (independent of builders or contractors) be on site full time to ensure compliance with all Ontario Health and Safety Act (OHSA) regulations.
  2. Installation of video cameras on booms of all cranes on construction sites.
  3. Developers provide additional charged batteries for two-way radios and/or install charging stations throughout the job site.
  4. Review the potential advantages of construction site netting to increase safety on construction sites.
  5. Ensure a licensed journeyman is working with an apprentice on construction sites.
  6. All work sites have a secure sign-in and identification process.
  7. A dedicated person be assigned as a full-time housekeeping monitor reporting to the onsite compliance officer.