Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes – May 2012 to March 2013

The following article from the Ministry of Labour (MOL) may apply to specialty crop growers and processors:

Please see the MOL web‑site at http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/blitzes/index.php for more information and the full posting of the MOL’s blitzes under all of their programs (e.g., health care and underground mining).

Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes that may vary by sector.  The MOL inspection blitzes on sector-specific hazards are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation.

These blitzes are announced in advance and results are reported after they are completed.  The MOL tracks each sector to determine if the blitzes result in a long-lasting increase in compliance and decrease in injuries.

Your farming operation may be included in the following blitzes:

New and Young Worker

May – August 2012

Slips, Trips and Falls
(ladder safety and fall protection hazards)

February – March 2013

If your business/property includes a value‑added (e.g., processing) component, that component may be included in the following blitzes:

New and Young Worker

May – August 2012

Manufacturing Focus
(machine guarding, MSD, workplace violence)

October – November 2012

Slips, Trips and Falls
(ladder safety and fall protection hazards)

February – March 2013

If your business/property includes a construction site, that site may be included in the following blitzes:

New and Young Worker

May – August 2012

Tower Cranes / Mobile Cranes
(hoisting hazards)

July – August 2012

Engagement Focus in Construction
(supervisory responsibilities / training and requirements under S. 14 Reg. 213/91)

September – October 2012

Slips, Trips and Falls
(ladder safety and fall protection hazards)

February – March 2013

If your business/property includes a pit or quarry component, that component may be included in the following blitz:

Pits and Quarries, Sand and Gravel Pits
(hazards associated with the haulage process)

July 2012

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA
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