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Preventing Construction Traffic Injuries

McGuinty Government Launches Blitz To Protect Workers

Ministry of Labour

Ontario is working to improve the safety of workers at road work sites and construction sites with a targeted, month-long blitz.

Beginning June 1, inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will visit construction sites across Ontario to ensure proper traffic control measures are used when vehicles and large pieces of mobile equipment, such as asphalt pavers, backhoe loaders and cranes, are on site.

The inspectors will check that:

  • Traffic protection plans are kept on site and workers know how to carry out those plans
  • Traffic control devices such as signs, cones and barricades are in good condition and correctly placed
  • Traffic control workers are properly trained and do not perform any other work when directing traffic
  • High visibility clothing isworn by all workers who may be endangered by vehicle traffic

Protecting construction workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy, while creating jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Between 2009 and 2011, four workers died and 15 workers were seriously injured while trying to control traffic at road work projects.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 266,000 field visits, 36 inspection blitzes and issued more than 426,000 compliance orders.

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“Better health and safety protection on construction sites is one of our government's top priorities. The men and women who work in construction aren't just helping drive Ontario's economy; they also have family members who want them home safe and sound after work.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Labour

“A number of workers have been killed or seriously injured in recent years in construction traffic incidents. We are working to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths at Ontario's construction sites and road work projects.”

George Gritziotis

Chief Prevention Officer

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