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Joint inquest into fall from heights deaths will be held Oct. 17

DCN-JOC News Services
Joint inquest into fall from heights deaths will be held Oct. 17

TORONTO — The date has been set for a joint inquest into the deaths of four workers who died from multiple injuries sustained after a fall from heights at various construction sites in Toronto and Vaughan.

Dr. Jennifer Dmetrichuk, regional supervising coroner for central region, Toronto East Office announced the inquest will begin Monday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m. Dr. John Carlisle will be the presiding officer and Roger Shallow will be inquest counsel.

Athanasios Batsos, 53, died on Sept. 30, 2017; James Pearce, 50, died on Aug. 11, 2018; Nikolaos Psihopedas, 70, died on June 6, 2018; and Ferdinand Staffa, 82, died on Aug. 11, 2018.

The inquest, which is mandatory under the Coroners Act, will examine the circumstances surrounding these deaths. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing future deaths from occurring in similar circumstances.

The inquest will be conducted by video conference and is expected to last four days and hear from three witnesses.

Members of the public can view the proceedings live here.

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