Toronto, ON — In July and August 2012, inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Labour will target activities involving the transportation of stone, sand, gravel and other raw materials at mining pits and quarries, and will visit construction sites and check for hazards involving tower and mobile cranes that could result in injury or death to workers as well as the public.
During the blitzes, inspectors will check on maintenance of equipment, worker training, the use of safety equipment and other potential health and safety hazards to help prevent workplace injuries.
The blitzes are part of Ontario’s enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. The blitzes are also targeting new and young workers, temporary help agencies and construction traffic.
Since 2000, 10 workers have died in pits and quarries in Ontario. During the same period, 61 workers were seriously injured in pits and quarries. As well, between 2007 and 2011, one worker died and seven workers were seriously injured in tower and mobile crane incidents at construction sites across Ontario.
Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 266,000 field visits, 36 inspection blitzes and issued more than 426,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces.