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Farm workers denied coroner’s inquest: greater risk of fatality in mining and construction industries, HRTO decides

By Chelsea Rasmussen

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) has decided that it was not discriminatory for the Coroners Act to require mandatory inquests in construction and mining deaths but not in farm deaths.

Ned Peart, a migrant farm worker from Jamaica who came to Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP), was crushed to death by a 1,000lb tobacco bin that fell from a steel bin lift. No inquest was held into Mr Peart’s death, despite requests to the Office of the Chief Coroner by both migrant farm worker advocates and the labour movement that consideration be given to the plight of migrant farm workers…

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