OCC Inquest - Yuskow 2016

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Yuskow, Sr.
Given Name(s): David Brian
Age: 57

Held at: Timmins, Ontario
From: June 13
To: June 15, 2016
By: Dr. David Cameron, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: David Brian Yuskow, Sr.
Date and time of death: March 10, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
Place of death: Timmins and District Hospital
Cause of death: Massive crushing injury to torso
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


The verdict was received on June 15, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. David Cameron
(Original signed by coroner)


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


Inquest into the death of:

David Brian Yuskow, Sr.


Jury Recommendations

To the mining industry of Ontario:

  1. Safety training programs by mines should emphasize continuous communication by pedestrians of their location to large equipment operators working in proximity, either orally or by visual contact. Such training topics should be regularly repeated in the safety talks at every mine.
  2. Personal Protective Equipment for worker visibility should be continuously improved as new products become available or are developed by the mines. These can include ‘halo’ type helmet reflectors giving full circumference visibility, blue flashing lights for each worker, reflective paint and fabric. Each site should comply with regulatory standards but explore site specific ways to improve on those standards.
  3. Through the Ontario Mining Association, should encourage the development of functional, practical and reliable proximity detection systems to notify equipment operators of the close proximity of pedestrians to their equipment. Such systems should be independent of networks by directly transmitting to the equipment and should be non-distracting to operators.
  4. Through the Ontario Mining Association, should encourage equipment manufacturers to improve the range of sight experienced by operators operating major equipment underground.
  5. All underground workers should have a radio in their personal possession.
  6. Each company should develop policies to minimize employee equipment interactions in the workplace.
  7. We recommend all employees receive First Aid certification.

To the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities:

  1. A specific training item should be added to the Common Core requirements for all miners regarding visibility of pedestrians from large size operating equipment. This should include actually sitting in the operator seat of such equipment, or a realistic simulation to demonstrate the significance of blind spots and restricted range of site experienced by operators.