Fatality Notice: IHSA has learned of two separate fatalities this week: One involved a millwright and the other a utility employee. One workplace fatality in any year is one too many, regardless of the sector, industry, or occupation. Please pause all work for a safety moment and re-establish a commitment to the prevention of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

MOL enforcement initiative focuses on slips, trips, and falls

The Ministry of Labour, with the assistance of IHSA, hosted a webinar focused on slips, trip, and falls in March. This is part of a large, multi-month enforcement initiative. From March 18 to July 12, 2019, the Ministry of Labour will conduct an initiative focusing on slips, trips and falls in workplaces across Ontario.

  • Phase 1: March 18 to July 12, 2019 –Compliance assistance and awareness campaign with our health and safety partners
  • Phase 2: April 15 to July 12, 2019 –Focused inspections campaign

The focus on falls is due to the large number of injuries and fatalities in this areas. According to the MOL, from 2011 to 2016, “falls” was the second top cause of traumatic fatalities. Sixty-six workers were killed at work due to falls during this time period. As well, falls was the third-highest injury event in 2017, accounting for 20% of allowed lost-time claims with the WSIB.

The slides from this event are now available. They cover what to expect in an inspection, inspection areas of focus and relevant legislation. Read the slides. For more details, download the presentation.

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