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 major concern for the Ministry of Labour.
Between April 1, 2011 and May 31, 2016, three workers died and 12 were seriously injured in incidents involving mobile cranes at construction sites across Ontario, according to Ministry of Labour reports. There were also 66 reported incidents involving minor injuries to workers or “close calls”. Some of these incidents occurred when cranes overturned, or when the cranes or the material that they were lifting struck or crushed workers when the load was dropped, or when the crane or its load came in contact with overhead energized power lines.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act, (OHSA) sets out general responsibilities for employers. Among other duties, an employer must:
An employer with six or more employees must:
The OHSA sets out certain general duties for workplace supervisors. A supervisor must:
Below are some general duties contained in the OHSA for workers. A worker must:
Workers should be aware of their OHSA rights, including the right to refuse unsafe work and the right to know about any potential hazards.
Employers, supervisors and trainers should encourage workers to communicate any questions or concerns they may have about fall hazards. Supervisors or others involved in training workers should be familiar with any health and safety concerns affecting the workers.
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 toll-free 1-877-202-0008 anytime to report workplace health and safety incidents. 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.