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Summer Construction Blitz Targets Hazards that Could Cause Falls

Ontario Government Committed to Preventing Workplace Injuries

Ontario will focus on hazards that can result in falls during a safety blitz at construction sites this summer.

In July and August, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit construction sites to check that they are in compliance with legislation and regulations. To keep workers safe and prevent falls, the inspectors will ensure that:

  • Employers have policies, programs and safe work practices in place to protect workers from fall hazards.
  • Workers using ladders, mobile stands and platforms are properly trained and supervised.
  • Workers 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.

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

QUOTE

"The safety of workers in Ontario is our top priority. Blitzes such as this one ensure that we continue to do what we can to prevent injuries and deaths so men and women get home safely to their families each and every night."
— Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

"Falls are the number one cause of critical injuries and fatalities of workers at construction sites in Ontario. We’re working to improve the health and safety of construction workers in Ontario."
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits and 65 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces since June 2008.

LEARN MORE

The province’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy.

Learn about the ministry's Construction Sector Plan 2014-2015.

Targeting Falls at Construction Sites this Summer

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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