Act First Safety

MOL Construction blitz uncovers numerous violations

Last summer the MOL inspectors visited 1,670 construction projects across the province.
In this safety blitz from July to August of 2014, the MOL issues 6,458 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Regulations for Construction Projects. This included 584 stop work orders.
“These results indicate fall hazards are still a key concern at construction projects,” said George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer. “We are committed to improving the health and safety of Ontario construction workers, but we can’t do it alone. We challenge employers, labour groups and workers to take a shared responsibility for ensuring workplaces are safe and healthy.”
As of January 13th, 95% of the work orders were complied with.
Falls are the number one cause of critical injuries and fatalities of workers at construction sites in Ontario.
The inspection blitz was to ensure that construction sites were complying with the legislation in order to prevent falls from heights – in preparation for the new Working at Heights legislation.

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