Previous MOL Blitzes
MOL November Inspection Blitz:
Workplace Slip, Trip And Fall Hazards
“Slips, trips and falls continue to cause workplace injuries and fatalities. The McGuinty government and our workplace partners are collaborating to eliminate all workplace injuries. Blitz inspections help to remind employers and workers that most workplace injuries are preventable.”
– Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour
According to a recent MOL Press Release, Ministry of Labour inspectors will be conducting an enforcement blitz targeting transportation, education, industrial services, retail and wholesale workplaces during November. This initiative is part of the province’s “Safe At Work Ontario” strategy and will focus on workplace hazards that can cause slips, trips and falls.
Inspectors will be looking for same-level and fall-from-height hazards involving platforms, raised floors, mezzanines and ladders and will check fall-arrest equipment and guardrails. They will also be on the lookout for dangerous practices and check for the proper use of ladders.
Orders will be issued where inspectors determine that a worker is in danger of falling (e.g. from an unguarded raised surface, platform, roof, racking, or scaffold). Corporations convicted under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) face a penalty of up to $500,000 for each violation. Individuals face a fine of up to $25,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both. View the MOL Backgrounder for more information.
IAPA Can Help
IAPA offers a variety of information, products and services related to the MOL’s current inspection blitz on workplace slip, trip and fall hazards.
Visit our Free Downloads section for a comprehensive selection of forms, publications, tools and other resources including the following:
- Falls Cost Us All!
- Housekeeping at Work Ladders
- Preventing Slips/Falls and Loss of Balance in Industrial Workplaces
- Rolling Scaffolds
- Safety Signs and Colour at Work
- Walking and Working Surfaces
Contact the IAPA Information Centre for your free information package containing MOL court bulletins, journal articles and other relevant documents.
Subscribe to Accident Prevention eNews for workplace health and safety news, prosecutions, alerts and updates. Recent related articles include:
- 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
IAPA provides a comprehensive portfolio of health and safety training solutions including:
IAPA consultants work together with clients to identify and assess health and safety needs based on the client’s readiness and capacity. As part of their work, consultants assist with the development of a health and safety program; provide health and safety information and training; and identify and facilitate practical solutions. Contact an IAPA consultant by calling 1.800.406.IAPA (4272) more information on the following and additional services to meet your needs:
- Hazard assessments, reports and recommendations
- Development and delivery of awareness presentations on specific topics
- Assistance in developing a health and safety program and procedures
- Availability of relevant on-site training including:
Falls From Heights Hazard Awareness Workshop
Anyone can slip/fall or lose their balance at work. In Ontario, 80 people are injured everyday in a fall at work; that’s one every twenty minutes. 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.
IAPA offers health and safety conferences throughout Ontario which provide excellent opportunities for networking and learning. Visit our Regional Conferences section to see the full line-up of sessions including:
- On the Edge - What's New in Fall Protection
Forum North, Thunder Bay – November 3, 4 and 5
Farm Safety Association (FSA) - FSA provides health & safety information, resources and assistance to firms within the agricultural, horticultural and landscaping industries. Please click the link to access their website materials.
Ontario Service Safety Alliance (OSSA) - OSSA provides health & safety information, resources and assistance to firms within the service sector. Please click the link to access their website materials.