From February 2 to March 15, 2015, Ministry of Labour inspectors will check that employers are properly assessing and addressing hazards that could cause workers to slip, trip or fall. They will visit a variety of workplaces, including restaurants, stores, vehicle sales and service, arborists/landscapers and plants that manufacture food, beverage and tobacco products and wood and metal products across the province.
In particular, they will check that:
- employers have policies, programs and safe work practices in place to protect workers from slips, trips and falls and are providing appropriate access and egress to work areas
- employers have assessed ladders, stands and platforms for hazards, maintained equipment and placed it on firm footing when in use
- floors and other work surfaces are kept free of obstructions and other hazards
- employers have trained workers on the use of appropriate fall protection systems, personal protective equipment and other safety devices when working at heights
- employers ensure that workers are using safe work practices when working on truck beds, trailers or the top of loads
Protecting workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.
– In 2013, there were 11 work-related deaths from falls in industrial sector workplaces.
– Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, and 69 inspection blitzes.
– Inspectors have issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces since June 2008.
Read more about Ontario’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace safety.