Ladder Safety – Part of the MOL Blitz for August 2011

by mcd_souter on August 17, 2011

in accident prevention, safe work practices, Safety training

The Ontario Ministry of Labour Safety Blitz for the month of the August 2011 focuses on access equipment.  Access equipment includes ladders, and elevated work platforms.

Falls are one of the most common causes of occupational fatalities. Since ladders and elevated work platforms pose fall hazards, following recommended safety standards can reduce accidental injuries and deaths.

“We want to ensure that Ontarians are safe at their workplace and these actions we’re taking serve as a reminder that safety practices must be followed when working above the ground. I have asked for a report back in 90 days, at which time decisions will be made on what further steps will be taken.” – Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour

Visit the Ontario MOL site for full safety blitz details.

Falls are one of the leading causes of work related fatalities on Ontario construction sites and continue to be a major cause of lost-time injuries. In 2009, 43% of all critical injuries on construction projects were due to falls from ladders, scaffolds, roofs or floors/surfaces. (Source: MOL Q&A, 2010)

This initiative is part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy to improve workplace health and safety practices through training and enforcement of provincial legislation and regulations. All workers have the right to return home each day safe and sound.

The August 2011 blitz primarily targets the construction sector. This includes firms that contract out construction projects. Inspectors will be checking for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it relates to fall hazards, with particular attention placed on requirements for fall protection equipment and adequate worker training.

Here are three MOL fact sheets relating to safety standards for access equipment, that you might find helpful for training your workers.

Ladder Safety
Suspended Equipment
Elevated Work Platforms

Making sure your workers are adequately trained should be your number one priority.

Watch this video on ladder safety, produced by Work Safe BC. Use it to help train your workers and prevent falls at your workplace!!!

Check out for other step ladder and extension ladder training videos.

Are your workers adequately trained?  How do you handle ladder safety in your workplace?  Please share your experiences below…

Remember   –   Think Safety…Work Safely

Dedicated to helping you on your Health & Safety Journey.

Sandra McDonald- Souter
Health & Safety Trainer & Consultant


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