Ontario is targeting safety hazards involving sloped roofing at construction projects during a two-month enforcement initiative.
Beginning August 1, inspectors will visit construction sites across the province, seven days a week, to raise awareness of safety and promote compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
Inspectors will focus on fall hazards, fall protection training and setup, use of ladders, heat stress and materials handling hazards than can lead to musculoskeletal disorders.
Protecting construction workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario strategy.
- Working on sloped roofing is a dangerous job. A small slip can have serious consequences. In 2012, a total of 13 workers died and 137 workers received critical injuries in incidents in the construction sector. Of those, five workers died and 79 workers received critical injuries as a result of falls.
- Hazards involving sloped roofs include inappropriate use of fall protection systems, poor ladder setup, overhead Hydro lines and poorly maintained equipment.