Workplace violence, harassment takes number 1 spot, followed by fall protection
The ministry made public its annual top 10 recently at the Partners in Prevention Conference. Fall protection, with 9,658 violations, came in second, and was mostly the result of inadequate protection in the construction sector.
Workplace violence and harassment (11,662 violations)
Fall protection (9,658)
Lack of personal protective equipment (8,318)
Improper access and egress (6,472)
Health and safety representative and JHSC (6,239)
Basic OHS awareness training (5,232)
Improper use/maintenance of ladders / scaffolding (4,846)
Lack of machine/equipment guarding (4,276)
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of hospitalized injuries in Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports. Falls injure about 40,000 workers each year nationwide, and kill roughly 10 per year in Ontario alone, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. In 2016, the construction industry made up 30 percent of all work-related traumatic fatalities and occupational disease fatality, according to data from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Fall protection in the construction remains a top concern.
The MOL examines the top 10 violations list when making key financial decisions and inspection campaigns for the following fiscal year. The ministry posts on its website a workplace inspection blitz schedule so that employers can prepare for a potential visit from an inspector.
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