Safety Blitz Targets Homebuilding Construction Projects
McGuinty Government Committed To Keeping Workplaces Safe, Preventing Injuries
Ministry of Labour
Ontario is making low-rise residential construction sites safer by focusing on hazards that can lead to injury and illness in the workplace.
Throughout May 2011, Ontario will increase enforcement at home building project sites to ensure employers are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and that workers are:
- Instructed, trained and supervised on jobs
- Using proper safety measures, equipment and procedures to prevent injuries, and
- Properly protected from any on-site hazards such as trench or excavation cave-ins
Protecting people at work is part of the government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy.
- Since 2008, Ontario safety inspectors conducted more than 226,000 field visits, issued more than 360,000 compliance orders and conducted more than 25 inspection blitzes.
- Home building is responsible for 96 per cent of all residential construction compensation claims for injuries involving lost time at work.
The homebuilding industry continues to be a key source of all work-related injuries in the construction industry. The McGuinty government and its workplace partners are committed to eliminating all workplace injuries, including those in low-rise residential construction. Workers deserve to return home safely each day to their families."