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Inquests called into construction deaths

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Inquests called into construction deaths

TORONTO—Two coroners offices in Ontario’s Central Region have announced inquests into construction deaths that occurred in 2015 and 2013 respectively.

Dr. Kenneth Peckham, regional supervising coroner for Central Region, Central West Office, announced April 4 that a date has been scheduled for the inquest into the death of Saifullah Hanjra.

Hanjra, 40, died in hospital on Dec. 26, 2015 from injuries sustained while working at a construction site, said a statement. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.  

The inquest is expected to last four days and hear from approximately eight witnesses. It will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the Provincial Offenses Courthouse, at 5 Ray Lawson Blvd. in Brampton.

Dr. Bonnie Burke, regional supervising coroner for Central Region, Toronto East Office, announced May 27 as the date for the inquest into the death of Kevin Raposo.

Raposo, 29, died on Aug. 23, 2013 from injuries sustained from a fall from heights at a construction site.

The hearing will be held at the Coroner’s Courts, Courtroom B, at 25 Morton Shulman Ave. in Toronto. It’s expected to last five days and hear from approximately 12 witnesses. In both cases, juries may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths.

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