Ontario Government Begins Construction Site Health and Safety Blitz
April 16, 2021 | By Logan Caswell
Construction sites can expect inspectors will be checking employers understand the risks associated with COVID-19.
The Ontario government has announced new measures to begin targeted inspections of construction sites province-wide.
Roughly 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial officers, are expected to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce safety requirements. Officials will also be visiting over 500 workplaces, including big box stores, food processors, manufacturers and warehouses.
“Construction workers continue to be needed on the frontlines to build hospitals, testing centres, broadband and other critical infrastructure our province needs,” says Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “We have inspected these worksites regularly throughout the pandemic, but it is more important than ever, with these new variants spreading, that we continue to ensure that construction worksites are following the rules and that workers who still go to work every day are protected.”
Construction sites can expect inspectors will be checking employers understand the risks associated with COVID-19, including how to reduce the spread in their workplace, and that measures and procedures are in place to keep workers safe. They will also be ensuring that workers are practising safe work habits both on the clock and on breaks, checking for physical distancing and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment when required.
All campaigns will focus on enforcing the COVID-19 safety requirements and identifying those who are not following through with standards.
Fines of up to $750 for individuals and $1,000 for businesses will be issued if needed.