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Blitz Targets Industrial Workplace Hazards

Ontario Government Committed to Preventing Workplace Injuries

  • Issued: October 24, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: October 2014
  • See also: Backgrounder


Ontario is launching a safety blitz on hazards that could lead to crushing and other injuries at industrial workplaces across the province.

From November 3 to December 14, 2014, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit wood and metal fabrication, manufacturing, chemical and plastics and automotive plants and other industrial sector workplaces.

During the blitz inspectors will ensure that employers are taking appropriate action to assess and address possible hazards involving machines that are not properly guarded, locked out or blocked. Machine guards prevent worker access to moving parts of machinery, lockout ensures machines do not start up unexpectedly, and blocking prevents a machine that is temporarily raised from falling or moving during work such as maintenance.

Inspectors will also check that:

  • Workplaces have a strong internal responsibility system in place that promotes compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
  • Employers are working to prevent awkward postures and repetitive motions that could lead to musculoskeletal disorders involving injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons, nerves, joints and spinal discs.
  • Workers are protected from exposure to chemicals such as metalworking fluids and degreasing solvents that could cause occupational disease.

This blitz is part of the government’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.


"Our top priority is worker safety in Ontario. Blitzes such as this one ensure 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

"Hazards involving machines not properly guarded, musculoskeletal disorders, or exposure to chemicals can result in injuries, occupational disease or even death. We’re working to improve the health and safety of workers in Ontario."
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer


  • In 2013, 17 per cent of all compliance orders issued by Ministry of Labour inspectors under the Regulations for Industrial Establishments were for machine guarding and lockout violations.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits and 68 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 orders in Ontario workplaces.


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

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

Industrial Workplace Hazards Focus of Blitz

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