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Spring Blitz Targets Construction Traffic

Ontario Committed to Improving Worker Health and Safety

  • Issued: May 15, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: May 2015
  • See also: Backgrounder

NEWS

Ontario will target the dangers of working around vehicles and large pieces of mobile equipment during a two-month enforcement blitz at construction sites this spring.

In May and June 2015, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check that employers are taking appropriate and effective action to assess and address hazards and protect the safety of workers. The biggest risk is of workers being struck. These risks can be reduced if safety measures such as proper planning and training are in place.

The inspectors will check that:

  • Projects are planned and organized to reduce the frequency of vehicles operating in reverse and that dump trucks are equipped with alarms when operating in reverse
  • Measures and procedures exist for the safe movement of equipment
  • High visibility clothing is worn by all workers who may be endangered by vehicle traffic

The blitz is part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.

QUOTES

"Safety is a big issue when working near vehicles and large equipment, and any incident has the potential to be very serious. Blitzes like this help improve safety for workers and eliminate injuries at Ontario workplaces by ensuring everyone involved knows their rights and responsibilities and employers are following the rules."
– Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

"A number of workers have been killed or seriously injured in recent years in construction traffic incidents. We must all work together to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths at Ontario’s construction sites."
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2014, six workers were killed by moving vehicles or equipment.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 71 inspection blitzes and 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 health and safety.

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

Craig MacBride, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7709
William Lin, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405

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