Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.
The safe operation of mobile cranes in Ontario continues to be a key concern for the Ministry of Labour.
Between 2007 and 2011 there were three critical injuries involving mobile cranes at construction sites across Ontario, according to ministry reports. Some of these incidents occurred when cranes overturned and contacted electrical conductors or when the cranes or the material that they were lifting struck or crushed workers when the load was dropped.
Employers must ensure that all workplace parties comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. Duties include ensuring mobile cranes are:
Supervisors must ensure all workplace parties comply with the OHSA and its regulations. General duties that may be relevant to the use of mobile cranes include:
Workers' duties under the OHSA include:
It's the responsibility of employers and constructors to ensure that all workplace parties comply with the OHSA and its regulations.
Suppliers of rented or leased machines, devices, tools or equipment for use in OHSA-covered workplaces must ensure the equipment:
Owners of cranes or similar hoisting devices must:
For more information on legal responsibilities please visit E-Laws.
Call 1–877–202–0008 any time to report critical injuries, fatalities or work refusals. Call 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday for general inquiries about workplace health and safety. Always call 911 in an emergency.
Disclaimer: This web resource has been prepared to assist the workplace parties in understanding some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the regulations. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations and reference should always be made to the official version of the legislation.
It is the responsibility of the workplace parties to ensure compliance with the legislation. This web resource does not constitute legal advice. If you require assistance with respect to the interpretation of the legislation and its potential application in specific circumstances, please contact your legal counsel.
While this web resource will also be available to Ministry of Labour inspectors, they will apply and enforce the OHSA and its regulations based on the facts as they may find them in the workplace. This web resource does not affect their enforcement discretion in any way.