Protecting Ontario's Industrial Workers From Falls
McGuinty Government Safety Blitz Aims To Eliminate Workplace Injuries
Ontario will target industrial workplaces this month to protect workers from hazards that can cause slips, trips and falls.
Inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will look for fall-from-height hazards involving platforms, raised floors, mezzanines and balconies. They will also check fall-arrest equipment and guardrails and look out for improper use of ladders and dangerous practices such as working on storage racks.
For each violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the court can impose a fine of up to $500,000 against a corporation. Individuals face a fine of up to $25,000, imprisonment of up to 12 months or both.
This inspection blitz is the third since 2008 focussed on fall hazards in industrial workplaces. The Ministry of Labour blitz strategy targets all workplaces. Last month, the ministry completed a 90-day blitz focussing on falls at Ontario construction sites. The final results will be announced later this month.
Blitzes are a key part of Safe at Work Ontario. The strategy aims to find and eliminate hazards before they cause workplace injuries.
- In 2009, falls killed 11 industrial workers.
- Slips, trips and falls cause about one in five injuries and one in four fatalities at industrial workplaces.
“As our government continues to boost business and create more jobs through Open Ontario, we will also make sure the province's workplaces are safe and healthy for all workers.”