Sharbot Lake, Ont. - Dr. Paul Dungey, Ontario regional supervising coroner for East Region, Kingston Office, has announced that a date has been scheduled for the inquest into the death of Wayne Maschke.
Maschke, 58, died on March 5, 2013, from injuries received during the course of his employment at a Hydro One construction site in Godfrey. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.
The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Maschke's death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. Maschke was killed when he was crushed while trying to move a regulator with four other crew members during a Hydro One job at the company's Hinchinbrooke Distribution Centre.
In January 2015, Hydro One was fined $325,000 and pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that materials or equipment at a project be stored and moved in a manner that does not endanger a worker, as required by Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Projects Regulation) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The inquest is expected to last three days and will hear from six witnesses. It will begin on May 2 at the Oso Community Hall in Sharbot Lake. Dr. John Carlisle will preside as inquest coroner and Andrew Scott will be counsel to the coroner.