Inquest begins Monday into two elevated platform deaths

Jury will examine circumstances surrounding deaths of Jose Moyano and Hani Habib Ptris

Inquest begins Monday into two elevated platform deaths

An inquest begins on Monday into two lives lost in Ontario’s construction industry. Jose Moyano and Hani Habib Ptris both fell from elevated platforms, and a joint inquest seeks to better understand the circumstances that led up to their deaths.

It was on a somber August day in 2016 when the life of 62-year-old Alcides Jose Moyano plummeted from a construction site platform. Two years later, in October 2018, another devastating incident unfolded as 31-year-old Hani Habib Ptris suffered a similar fate.

With questions surrounding their deaths, Ontario's Ministry of the Solicitor General has deemed it necessary to convene a joint inquest, as mandated by the Coroners Act.

Dr. David A. Cameron, regional supervising coroner for inquests, has taken charge of the investigation. This inquest will examine the details of these two cases and explore the factors leading to their falls. The primary goal is not only to seek answers but to pave the way for a safer working environment in the construction sector.

This inquest will be conducted via video conference, allowing wider accessibility for the public to follow the proceedings.

The jury, composed of individuals keen to uncover the truth, is expected to hear from four witnesses over the course of five days. They make recommendations aimed at preventing future incidents of a similar nature.

Recently, a jury made several recommendations following an inquest that examined the deaths of seven construction workers who died while working at heights.

While working at heights and working on an elevated platform share similarities, there are differences that may be highlighted during the inquest that could lead to other recommendations not included among those recently issued.