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November 28, 2018

Inquiry gives recommendations for improving safety after Saint John construction site death

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A jury has released its recommendations on how to improve safety at construction sites in New Brunswick after an inquiry into the death of Christopher Adam Carleton.

Carleton, an insulator with Grandview Insulation, fell from a 10-foot ladder onto his head on Feb. 5, while insulating pipes at the Irving Oil headquarters project in Saint John.

Carleton died in hospital from his injuries the next day.

The five-member jury, consisting of three women and two men, recommends that if a trade requires working from a lift or ladder, it should be mandatory to have a different style of helmet than a regular hard hat.

The helmet, such as a “climber’s” helmet, should be snug, fitted with a chin strap and would stay on the worker’s head.

The jury also recommended that where practical, people required to work at heights should be required to use the most stable form of elevating equipment. Man lifts and industrial staging are used as an example of the most stable, while the use of a ladder is referred to as the least stable.

The inquiry into Carleton’s death began on Monday and examined the safety of people working at height in construction sites.

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