Blitz reveals hundreds of violations at industrial workplaces.
TORONTO — Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors issued 130 stop work orders at industrial work sites during a safety blitz in the fall.
Inspectors issued an average of almost five orders to each of 701 workplaces that included plants, factories and other industrial sector during a recent blitz targeting material handling hazards from Sept. 15 to Oct. 26. Material handling activities include the loading, unloading, storage and movement of goods and supplies.
Some of the workplaces were visited several times.
The Ministry of Labour says inspectors issued 3,263 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations as part of its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative. This included the 130 stop work orders.
As of Dec. 19, 75% of the orders were complied with.
Material handling involves activities related to the loading, unloading, storage and movement of goods and supplies in workplaces.