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Construction Fall Hazards Focus of Autumn Safety Blitz

Ontario Government Committed to Preventing Workplace Injuries on Construction Sites

Ontario is taking action to prevent falls and keep workers safe on construction sites by launching a series of province-wide blitzes, after-hours enforcement program and education sessions this fall.

Ministry of Labour inspectors are proactively visiting and inspecting construction sites across the province to check that:

  • Employers have safe work practices, policies and programs in place to protect workers from falls hazards
  • Workers working on ladders, mobile stands and platforms are properly trained and supervised and use appropriate fall protection systems, personal protective equipment and other safety devices
  • Openings in floors and work surfaces and walls are protected by guardrails or protective coverings

Inspectors also visited lowrise residential construction sites in September to specifically check for falls and other hazards involving sloped roofing.

These initiatives are in conjunction with a new pilot program that inspects construction sites seven days a week, including early mornings, evenings and weekends. Safety awareness seminars are also being held until the end of November for the lowrise residential sector across Ontario.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy while creating jobs and helping people in their everyday lives.

QUOTE

"Workplace safety is the Ministry of Labour's number one priority, something that we work towards every single day.These blitzes are part of our government’s commitment to preventing injuries and keeping workers at construction projects and all workplaces safe."
— Yasir Naqvi, Ontario Minister of Labour

"Construction workers are at risk of falls due to a number of hazards. We’re working to improve the health and safety of construction workers in Ontario."
— George Gritziotis, Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 52 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.

LEARN MORE

Read more about Ontario’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.

Lean about the ministry’s Construction Sector Plan 2013-2014.

Construction Safety Focus of Campaign (Backgrounder)

Jonathan Rose, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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