Province says recommendations made to improve safety at lumber yards

Government says recommendations have been made to improve safety around heavy equipment at lumber yards. 

The recommendations follow a coroner's inquest into the death of Ronald Warren, who died in September 2015 from injuries sustained while he was employed at a Twin Rivers Lumber Yard in Plaster Rock. 

The mandatory inquest was held in Edmundston on May 1st-2nd. 

The five-member jury made several recommendations including that security cameras be used where employees work alone, that timely follow-ups be made if employees do not respond to communication attempts by co-workers, and that there be a study into the use of operator-presence seat devices to engage the park brake or shut off the engine when the operator is away.

Presiding coroner Jerome Ouellette also recommended that Worksafe NB recirculate hazard alerts regarding safe parking.

The recommendations will be forwarded to the appropriate government departments and agencies for consideration and response, which will be included in the chief coroner's annual report for 2018.