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Racking and Storage Focus of Enforcement

McGuinty Government Committed to Improving Worker Health and Safety

  • Issued: October 27, 2011
  • Content last reviewed: October 2011
  • See also: Backgrounder


Ontario will target workplace hazards related to racking and storage during an enforcement blitz at industrial workplaces across the province.

In November, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check for hazards involving the installation, use, maintenance and repair of racking and storage systems. This includes ensuring material is safely placed and stored on racks.

They will check that:

  • Racking is selected and installed in a hazard-free manner
  • Racking is properly maintained and repaired
  • Material is safely loaded onto racks by appropriate lift trucks, and
  • Aisles are obstruction-free, lighting is adequate and pallets are in good condition.

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


“Workers can be seriously injured or killed if pallet racks are incorrectly installed or used. The McGuinty Government is committed to eliminating workplace injuries. Workers have a right to return home each day, safe and sound.”
— Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Labour


  • Between 2006 and 2010, three workers died and 45 others received serious injuries in racking and storage incidents.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors conducted more than 266,000 field visits, 36 inspection blitzes and issued more than 426,000 compliance orders.


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

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

Blitz Targets Racking and Storage Hazards

Matt Blajer, Communications Branch, 416-326-7405
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