TORONTO – The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA), PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) and EllisDon have teamed up to appeal to the construction industry to help “Stop the Drop” as Safety Week kicks off May 1 to 5.
As more highrise buildings are built in Ontario there is heightened need for the sector to come together and take proactive action to prevent falling objects, indicates a release.
The OGCA is collaborating with PCL and EllisDon to guide change and champion the broader construction industry to improve the safety culture.
According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, as of Dec. 31, 2022, critical injuries caused by falling materials represent 15 per cent of all injuries on construction sites, adds the release.
As part of the collaboration, PCL Toronto and EllisDon will be distributing a shared Toolbox Safety Talk to their workforce during Safety Week which will provide prevention methods to avoid these types of incidents. Tips include guidance on how to properly secure all tools and equipment, establish a controlled access zone and inspect and maintain equipment.
“EllisDon’s strategic business approach may vary relative to our colleagues in the industry, but I can say confidently we all share safety as a top priority as it is fundamentally at the core of everything we do,” said Andrew Anderson, senior vice-president and Toronto area manager, EllisDon, in a statement.
“We need to come together as an industry and take additional steps towards preventing items falling from heights — an occurrence happening all too often and entirely preventable if we work together collaboratively to develop best practices and share knowledge on safety measures that will keep our workers and the public at-large protected.”