OCC Inquest - Rizzo 2016

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Rizzo
Given Name(s): Edward, Russell
Age: 56

Held at: Kitchener, Ontario
From: October 5
To: October 6, 2016
By: Dr. John Ewan, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Edward Russell Rizzo
Date and time of death: December 16, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.
Place of death: Fischer Hallman Road and/ Seabrook Drive, Kitchener
Cause of death: Blunt force injuries to head and torso in combination with traumatic asphyxia
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


The verdict was received on October 6, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. John Ewan
(Original signed by coroner)


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


Inquest into the death of:

Edward Russell Rizzo


Jury Recommendations

  1. A recommendation of consistent and ongoing training for workers on the Ministry of Transportation; Book 7 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  2. A recommendation for the Ministry of Transportation to review the guidelines in Book 7 to ensure they are as clear as possible, to ensure no confusion on the part of the reader regardless of their skill level or experience
  3. A recommendation for the Ministry of Labour to address the safety of workers working below grade or below ground, i.e in a trench, to include mandated warning signs