Inspections Target Vehicle Body Repair Facilities
McGuinty Government Committed To Eliminating Workplace Injuries
Ontario is continuing its efforts to reduce workplace injuries by focusing on hazards in vehicle body repair facilities in York, Durham and Peel Regions, Dufferin and Simcoe Counties, and Toronto.
For six months, beginning in September, Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit about 800 vehicle body repair workplaces to check for hazards involving:
- the use and maintenance of hoists, jacks and other lifting equipment
- paints and materials containing hazardous substances such as isocyanates, and
- materials handling, storage and ventilation.
Inspectors will also check workers' certification and training, assess the effectiveness of health and safety procedures, and document infractions of environmental protection regulations.The inspection initiative complements the province's Safe At Work Ontario blitz strategy which began in June 2008. Keeping workers safe means increased productivity for Ontario's economy and less strain on the province's health care system.
- Annual rates of lost-time workplace injury are now about 20 per cent lower than in 2004; this represents the avoidance of more than 12,000 injuries per year.
- Because of the drop in the annual rate of lost-time injuries, employers have avoided about $5 billion in direct and indirect costs during the four years ending March 31, 2008.
“Vehicle body repair is a hands-on business where every job is different. However, the hazards of the trade are well known: they can - and should - be anticipated and dealt with professionally. The bottom line is that all workers have the right to return home each day to their families, safe and sound.”