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Blitz to Target Construction Worker Safety

McGuinty Government Committed to Preventing Workplace Injuries

  • Issued: August 2, 2011
  • Content last reviewed: August 2011
  • See also: Backgrounder


Ontario is helping to ensure worker safety by conducting a summer blitz of construction sites across Ontario.

This month, the safety blitz will focus on hazards involving access equipment such as ladders, work platforms or other elevating devices. The blitz will help keep construction sites safe by checking on practices related to access equipment, including:

  • Worker training
  • Safe use, inspection and testing
  • Maintenance records and other documentation; and
  • Rescue and emergency procedures.

Protecting construction workers is part of the government's continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy.


“Hazards involving improper use of access equipment put workers at needless risk. The McGuinty government is committed to eliminating workplace injuries. Workers have a right to return home each day, safe and sound.”
—Charles Sousa, Minister of Labour


  • Since 2008, Ontario safety inspectors have made more than 266,000 field visits and conducted 33 inspection blitzes.
  • Inspectors have issued more than 425,000 compliance orders since 2008.


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

Learn about the ministry’s Construction Sector Plan 2011-2012

Greg Dennis, Minister’s Office, 416-326-7710
Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405