22 New Health And Safety Inspectors Start Work In Peel Region

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22 New Health And Safety Inspectors Start Work In Peel Region

Government Delivering On Plan To Protect Workers, Make Workplaces Safer MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 9 - Twenty-two new health and safety inspectors have begun working in Peel Region to reduce on-the-job injuries and make local workplaces safer, Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced today. "This is an important investment by this government in the health and safety of workers in Peel Region - and across Ontario," said Bentley. "Increased enforcement, combined with appropriate education, training and legislation, will make workplaces safer and provide Ontarians with a quality of life second to none." Before the new inspectors arrived, there were 19 inspectors in the Peel Region. In 2003, there were 11,349 workplace injuries requiring people to miss time at work within the region. The 22 additional inspectors in the region are part of a group of 100 new inspectors hired by the government under a plan announced by Bentley last year. The plan includes a commitment to cut lost-time injuries by 20 per cent or 60,000 a year by 2008. Another 100 inspectors will be recruited by March 2006 to fulfill the government's commitment to hire a total of 200 new health and safety enforcement staff. The 100 new inspectors will target the 6,000 workplaces with the highest lost-time injury rates and higher than average claims costs to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Inspectors will visit these sites four times a year, focusing on workplace hazards to help firms reduce on-the-job injuries. Although these workplaces represent just two per cent of all firms insured by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, they account for 10 per cent of all lost-time injuries and 21 per cent of injury costs in Ontario. "We are taking decisive action to make a real difference in the lives of Ontario workers," said Bentley. "Businesses will benefit too because the average lost-time injury costs $72,000 and studies show safe workplaces are more productive." See related event photo. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405