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Slips, Trips and Falls Target of Blitz

Ontario Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

NEWS

Ministry of Labour inspectors will target slips, trips and falls at workplaces this winter.

In February and March, inspectors will check that workplaces are complying with legislation and regulations to prevent hazards. They will visit a range of industrial and construction workplaces across Ontario. They will check that:

  • employers have policies, programs and safe work practices in place to protect workers from slip, trip and fall hazards
  • workers work in a safe manner on ladders, mobile stands and platforms and are properly trained and supervised
  • workers use appropriate fall protection systems, personal protective equipment and other safety devices
  • floors and other surfaces are kept clear of obstructions

Protecting workers is part of the government's continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe at Work Ontario enforcement initiative.

QUOTES

“Slips, trips and falls continue to pose a serious hazard for workers in the industrial and construction sectors and remain the number one cause of critical injuries and fatalities. Our government is committed to preventing injuries and deaths of all workers at Ontario workplaces.”
– Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour

“Over the past decade, there have been a number of serious incidents involving workers falling at industrial and contruction workplaces. We’re working to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths of workers in Ontario.”
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2011, about 20 per cent of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims were for lost-time injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 49 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.

Learn about the ministry’s Industrial Sector Plan 2012-2013 and Construction Sector Plan 2012-2013.

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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