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Construction Sites Focus of Winter Safety Blitz

Ontario Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

Ontario is launching a province-wide safety blitz of construction projects at commercial and industrial facilities to ensure they have the proper protections in place to keep workers safe.

In January 2014, Ministry of Labour inspectors will inspect a range of workplaces across Ontario that are undergoing major renovations, repairs or additions. The inspectors will focus on making sure:

  • Workers are protected from airborne substances, hazardous materials and extreme noise levels
  • Workers are protected when equipment and hazardous materials are stored and moved
  • Personal protective equipment is available and that workers are trained on its use
  • Emergency contingency plans are in place and communicated to workers and others at the workplace.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the province's Safe At Work Ontario strategy, and supports the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUOTES

"Building a culture of health and safety is good for our workers and good for our economy. These safety blitzes are a key part of our constant focus on protecting all workers in the workplace and making sure they go home to their families at the end of the day."
— Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour

"Workers can be exposed to construction hazards created by high noise levels, construction traffic and dangerous substances such as asbestos, lead and silica. We're working to improve the health and safety of workers in Ontario."
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario has made workplace safety a priority by introducing health and safety training for all workplaces. Since 2008, the province has conducted 27 blitzes in the industrial sector.
  • Construction is one of the leading economic drivers in Ontario.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 59 inspection blitzes.

LEARN MORE

The Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.

Learn about the ministry's Industrial Sector Plan 2013-2014 and Construction Sector Plan 2013-2014.

Details on scope of inspections.

Jonathan Rose, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709

Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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