Safety blitz results in 3,603 stop work orders

Ontario MOL inspectors visited more than 900 workplaces.

TORONTO — Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors have issued 65 stop work orders since it began a safety enforcement blitz to prevent slips trips, and falls at workplaces in the industrial sector.

From Feb. 2 to March 15, inspectors visited 946 industrial workplaces from restaurants to metal fabricators located across the province.

They issued 3,603 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, including stop work orders for portable ladders that had bent or damaged legs or rungs, or were missing non-slip footing; fixed position access ladders without side rails to protect workers from falling; and failing to ensure guardrails were provided around openings in floors.

MOL says as of June 9, more than 85% of the orders were complied with.

In 2013, 11 workers died in falls at industrial workplaces.

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