MRO Magazine

Ontario tackles tower-crane safety with inspection blitz in June


June 13, 2011
By PEM Magazine

Ontario will aim for the top during a blitz of tower cranes in June, Labour Minister Charles Sousa announced last week, including examining maintenance and operational testing records.

Ministry of Labour inspectors will be climbing tower cranes at construction sites in the Greater Toronto and Niagara areas.

“Tower cranes are an obvious sign that Ontario’s economy has turned a corner and people are working,” Sousa says. “But we have to make sure those workers and the public are safe. For their sake and for their families, we’re going to ensure that tower cranes are inspected and properly maintained.”

The inspectors will check for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. They will focus on:

  • Safe access and fall prevention
  • Maintenance and operational testing records
  • Crane operator training and certification, and
  • Various other safety hazards.

Protecting construction workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy.

In March 2011, a worker died as a result of a tower crane incident in the Kitchener area. Between 2006 and 2010, four workers were seriously injured in tower crane incidents at construction sites across Ontario.

Since Safe At Work Ontario was launched in June 2008, the province’s team of more than 400 safety inspectors has conducted 30 proactive inspection blitzes across all sectors.