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BULLETIN

Warehouse Hazards Targeted

Ontario Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

Ontario will focus on hazards in warehouses and storage areas during a blitz to keep workers safe on the job across the province.

In February and March 2014, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit warehouses and retail establishments. They will check that employers are taking appropriate action to assess and address possible hazards.

Warehouses are commercial buildings used to store goods, raw materials and other commodities.

The inspectors will check for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. In particular, they will check:

  • employers are properly maintaining and repairing racking and storage systems
  • employers are ensuring trucks and trailers are immobilized and secured to prevent accidental movement when workers are in the loading dock area
  • employers are maintaining lifting devices and forklifts in good condition to prevent mechanical or operational failure
  • employers have safe work practices, including assessing risk of slip, trip and fall hazards and responding immediately to any hazards
  • employers are dealing with MSDs hazards from manual material handling

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

QUOTE

"Workers can be seriously injured or even die as a result of incidents involving warehouse hazards. We're working to improve the health and safety of workers in Ontario."
— George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • Three workers died and 59 others received serious injuries as a result of incidents involving racking and storage between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2012.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 61 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.

LEARN MORE

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

Learn about the ministry's Industrial Sector Plan 2013-2014.

Warehouse Hazards Focus of Blitz

Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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