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Safety Blitz Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

Ontario Government Committed To Preventing Workplace Injuries

  • Issued: February 9, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: February 2015
  • See also: Backgrounder

NEWS

Ontario will target hazards involving slips, trips and falls at workplaces in the industrial sector during a six-week safety blitz this winter.

From February 2 to March 15, 2015, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check that employers are properly assessing and addressing hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall. They will visit a variety of workplaces, including restaurants, stores, vehicle sales and service, arborists/landscapers and plants that manufacture food, beverage and tobacco products and wood and metal products across the province.

In particular, they will check that:

  • employers have policies, programs and safe work practices in place to protect workers from slips, trips and falls and are providing appropriate access and egress to work areas
  • employers have assessed ladders, stands and platforms for hazards, maintained equipment and placed it on firm footing when in use
  • floors and other work surfaces are kept free of obstructions and other hazards
  • employers have trained workers on the use of appropriate fall protection systems, personal protective equipment and other safety devices when working at heights
  • employers ensure that workers are using safe work practices when working on truck beds, trailers or the top of loads

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 are major hazards for workers in the industrial sector. Our government is committed to preventing these types of incidents. All workers deserve to return home to their families safe and sound at the end of each work day."
– Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

"Workers are at risk of serious injury and even death if they slip, trip or fall. We must all work together to prevent these types of hazards. We challenge employers, labour groups and workers to do their part. We all have a role and responsibility in preventing injury."
– George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2013, there were 11 work-related deaths from falls in industrial sector workplaces.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 69 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces since June 2008.

LEARN MORE

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

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

Safety Blitz Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

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

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