Ontario releases Construction Health and Safety Action Plan
By Andrew Snook
May 11, 2017 – The Province of Ontario recently released its action plan designed to prevent injuries and fatalities on construction job sites.
The Construction Health and Safety Action Plan was created with input from construction employers, workers and other industry stakeholders and has 16 recommendations for improving the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses for construction workers on sites of all sizes across the province.
The announcement was made by Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn at the construction site for a new courthouse in Toronto.
“Construction deaths continue to be unacceptably high,” Flynn said. “We are committed to preventing tragedy so construction workers can go home safe and sound at the end of each work day. To do this, we must all work together. We all have a role and responsibility to make our workplaces healthy and safe.”
Progress on some of the initiatives with the new action plan are already underway, including:
•Developing a web tool and mobile app to help employers and workers understand their health and safety obligations and rights for specific construction projects;
•Building an online portal that allows building inspectors to report unsafe work practices to the government; and
•Increasing awareness about working-at-heights training requirements.