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Blitz To Focus On Construction Supervisors

The Ministry of Labour will focus on supervisors in a blitz of construction projects across Ontario this fall.

In September and October, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check on supervision of construction projects and workers on those projects. They will look for inadequate supervision that could lead to injury or death.

Inadequate supervision can result in hazards, including a lack of guardrails around work surfaces and workers not wearing the required personal protective equipment such as safety hats and fall protection.

The inspectors will check that:

  • construction projects are supervised by a competent person at all times
  • supervisors conduct required onsite inspections
  • supervisors ensure that all workers use safety equipment, protective devices or clothing required by the employer
  • supervisors ensure young and new workers are provided with adequate information and supervision

In 2011, violations involving supervisors were among the top three "Part I" summonses issued by Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors under the Provincial Offences Act. A "Part I" summons is an offence in which the accused must attend a court hearing and, if convicted, pay a maximum fine of $1,000.

The offences involved supervisors failing to ensure workers wore required fall protection equipment and protective headwear and failing to ensure workers were protected by required guardrails.

The blitz is part of the province's Safe at Work Ontario enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.

Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, 43 inspection blitzes and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.


Read more about the construction supervisor blitz in the Ministry of Labour's backgrounder.

Read more about Ontario's Safe at Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace health and safety.

Learn about the ministry's Construction Sector Plan 2012-2013.

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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