Ministry of the
Solicitor General

OCC Inquest - Milton 2018

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario

Surname: Milton
Given name(s): Danniel William
Age: 42

Held at: Renfrew
From: Sept. 18, 2018
To: Sept. 20, 2018
By: Dr. Bob Reddoch
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Danniel William Milton
Date and time of death: April 25, 2016 at 12:07 p.m.
Place of death: Highway 17 near Campbell Drive in McNab / Braeside Township, County of Renfrew
Cause of death: Multiple blunt force trauma
By what means: Accident

(Original signed by: Foreperson)

The verdict was received on Sept. 20, 2018
Coroner's name: Dr. Bob Reddoch
(Original signed by coroner)

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

Inquest into the death of:

Danniel William Milton

Jury Recommendations

To the Ministry of Transportation:

  1. Mandate that any non-divided roadway under construction should have the same reduced speed limit for traffic in both directions.
  2. Complete the updating of the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 in a timely manner and include information about mobile barrier units and the recommended indications for their use.
  3. Consider mandating a rumble strip in the middle of the road for all new or resurfacing projects on non-divided provincial highways.

To the Ministry of Labour:

  1. Include in Section 67, subsection 2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act Construction Regulations a reference to the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 as a guideline for best practices in determining what is “deemed necessary to adequately protect the worker”.
  2. Include in their “Site Unseen” media/public awareness campaign a section for safe driving when in a construction zone. We recommend a slide/ad saying “They want to get home to their families tonight just like you do”.
  3. In addition to a traffic plan being provided on site, also require proof that the foreman/supervisor and workers have been provided with health and safety training within the last 2 years. Further, require that Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 be available on site for construction projects on roadways.
  4. Consider mandating a spotter in situations when workers operating heavy equipment are unable to focus their attention on the surrounding hazards.

To the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Labour, Ontario Provincial Police, and other Police Services:

  1. Consider providing increased police presence on major highway construction projects as police resources are available.

To the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Labour:

  1. When updating best practices for Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7, give increased attention to possible secondary threats, including opposing traffic.
  2. Give consideration to making the best practices in Book 7 legally enforceable.
  3. Recommend/require any construction project on any non-divided roadway to have a minimum requirement for a “Men Working” and/or “Construction Ahead” sign to be displayed in both directions in orange or digital format. Consider requiring that multiple signs be posted leading up to the construction location, including multiple lane speed reduction signs and/or “construction ahead” signs.
  4. Require that all “near miss” traffic incidents in construction zones be promptly reported to the work site supervisor for immediate action / correction. In addition require that all “near miss” traffic incidents in construction zones be reported to the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Transportation, and police for further action/investigation.

To the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association:

  1. In the creation of their ON Const OHS – APP, provide a link to reference Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 for traffic related construction.