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MOL May Enforcement Blitz: Falls From Heights
“As our government continues to boost business and create more jobs through Open Ontario, we will also make sure the province’s workplaces are safe and healthy for all workers.”
– Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour will target industrial workplaces this month in an inspection blitz designed to protect workers from falls from heights. This initiative is part of the province’s “Safe At Work Ontario” strategy to improve workplace health and safety practices through increased awareness, training and enforcement of provincial legislation and regulations.
According to MOL release, inspectors will look for hazards involving platforms, raised floors, mezzanines and ladders; check fall-arrest equipment and guardrails; and watch for dangerous practices (e.g., working on storage racks) and improper use of ladders. This blitz is a repeat of the campaign that took place in November 2009 during which inspectors visited 1,572 workplaces and issued 4,611 orders, including 149 stop-work orders.
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A variety of information, products and services related to falls from heights is available to assist you.
The following downloads relate to falls from heights. Visit our Free Downloads section for additional publications, tools and resources on a variety of other health and safety topics.
Contact the Information Centre for your free information package containing MOL court bulletins, journal articles and other relevant resources.
Subscribe to Accident Prevention e-News, The Regional, The Advocate or FarmSafe for workplace health and safety news, prosecutions, alerts and updates. Related Accident Prevention eNews articles include:
- 2 enforcement blitzes in May – April 2010
- Fall hazards inspection blitz may apply to you – February 2010
- November blitz: slips, trips and falls – October 2009
- MOL’s 10 most issued orders – August 2009
- Preparing for the next inspection blitz: what supervisors need to know – July 2009
- Ladder safety for DIYers – June 2009
Our comprehensive portfolio of health and safety training solutions includes the following related to the MOL’s current blitz:
Inspecting Physical Conditions, Guidelines for Setting Standards
These guidelines for workplace conditions, equipment hazard controls and more are based on current legal requirements and standards set by recognized authorities such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) as well as on generally accepted work practices.
Joint Health & Safety Committee Kit
This kit is a must-have for employers, managers and JHSC members in firms with 20 or more employees. It includes a variety of guides and forms to help committees work more effectively, coupled with a 14 minute video showing how each committee member, from co-chairs to secretary, can play a positive role in resolving health and safety issues.
Consultants work together with clients to identify and assess health and safety needs based on the client’s readiness and capacity, which facilitates practical and actionable solutions. Contact an IAPA consultant by calling 1.800.406.IAPA (4272) for more information on the following and additional services to meet your needs:
- Hazard assessments, reports and recommendations
- Assistance in developing a health and safety program and procedures
- Development and delivery of awareness presentations on specific topics
- Availability of on-site training including the following:
Falls From Heights Hazard Awareness Workshop – on-site
Anyone can slip/fall or lose their balance at work. In Ontario, 80 people are injured every day in a fall at work. This workshop will address the relevant legislation and standards related to falls in addition to exposing participants to the “recognize, assess and control” elements of fall hazards. Participants will the opportunity to complete a fall hazards action plan.
Our health and safety conferences throughout Ontario provide excellent opportunities for networking and learning on this and other key topics. Visit Partners in Prevention 2010 and the Conferences & Trade Shows section for more details.
Farm Safety Association (FSA) - FSA provides health & safety information, resources and assistance to firms within the agricultural, horticultural and landscaping industries. Click the link to access their website for more information.
Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA) - OSSA provides health & safety information, resources and assistance to firms within the service sector. Click the link to access their website for more information.