Ontario is helping workers stay safe on the job by launching four targeted safety blitzes at workplaces across the province this fall.
Between September and December, blitzes will focus on:
- supervision at construction sites (September-October);
- machine guarding hazards and repetitive strain injuries in manufacturing and industrial workplaces (October-November);
- infection prevention and control in health-care workplaces (October-November); and
- transfer of ore in underground mines (November-December).
During blitzes, inspectors will check on condition and maintenance of safety equipment, worker training, the use of safety equipment, and other potential health and safety hazards to help prevent workplace injuries.
“Our goal is to protect the health and safety of Ontario workers at construction, industrial, health-care, and mining workplaces,” noted Labour minister Linda Jeffrey.
“We believe every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day,” she said.
“We’re working to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths at Ontario workplaces,” added Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis.
“These blitzes will help raise awareness of the some of the hazards that can lead to tragedy.”
The blitzes are part of Ontario’s enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
This past summer, blitzes also targeted new and young workers, temporary help agencies, and construction traffic, tower cranes, and pits and quarries.