We Demand a Coroner’s Inquest Into the Death of Everett Cummings

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On July 21, 2018, Everett Cummings was killed in a preventable workplace incident. Everett was an ILWU Canada Local 502 Heavy Duty Mechanic working at Fraser Surrey Docks. He was crushed beneath the cab of the lift truck he was servicing.

There is evidence that there were several health and safety violations that may have contributed to this tragic death and, if proactive and preventative steps had been taken as required by the Canada Labour Code Part II, Everett Cummings may still be with us.

We believe that there is a significant public interest in having a full inquest into this workplace fatality, as there were dangerous practices and/or circumstances involved that need to be corrected to prevent similar deaths, and that recommendations must be made to the appropriate regulatory authorities.

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the BC Coroner’s Office to perform an inquest into the death of Everett Cummings for the following reasons: 

  1. The public has an interest in being informed of the circumstances surrounding Everett's death, and
  2. His death resulted from a dangerous practice or circumstance, and similar deaths could be prevented if recommendations were made to the public or an authority.