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Blitzes coming says Ministry of Labour

DCN News Service
Blitzes coming says Ministry of Labour

TORONTO—The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced several blitzes that will be taking place throughout the next few months focusing on various aspects of the industry.

In May and June, MOL construction inspectors will visit workplaces where vehicles, mobile construction equipment and pedestrian workers may be present, during a Struck By Blitz.

Inspectors will target construction projects where there is a hazard of being struck by a moving construction equipment or vehicles or where there is material that moves in an unexpected or uncontrolled manner.

The blitz will focus on project planning and organization to avoid or reduce the reverse operation of vehicles, supervision, proper movement of material and equipment, trained signal persons and equipment operators, high visibility clothing and dump trucks equipped with automatic audible alarm when operated in reverse, states a release from the MOL.

Construction inspectors will check for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Another blitz taking place from May to August will focus on new and young workers. MOL industrial inspectors will visit workplaces where these workers may be present and will also be checking for compliance with the act.

The targeted groups include new and young workers aged 14 to 24 years, and new workers including those aged 25 and older who have been on the job less than six months or who have been reassigned to a new duties, the MOL states.

The term new workers applies to newly hired workers, temporary workers, permanent workers who are assigned new jobs within the same organization, student workers, co-op placements, apprentices, interns and temporary foreign workers.

The blitz will focus on the provision of training and information by the employer, supervision, minimum age requirements, guarding/lockout, an Internal Responsibility System (IRS) – Joint Health and Safety Committee/health and safety representative, slips, trips and falls and musculoskeletal disorders.

The inspectors will focus on farming operations, the service sector, manufacturing and logging.

MOL inspectors will also ensure that employers have completed mandatory basic occupational health and safety awareness training for supervisors and workers, the release reads.

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