112 stop work orders issued in Ontario machine safety blitz

Tuesday April 14, 2015
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Apr. 14, 2015 - Ontario inspectors issued 3,669 orders — which includes 112 stop work orders — for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations during a recent safety blitz that focused on machines that were not properly guarded or locked out during maintenance, repair and other activities.

The inspectors visited almost 700 workplaces in the industrial sector, such as wood and metal fabrication, manufacturing, chemical and plastics, and pulp and paper, in the Ministry of Labour blitz that took place from November 3 to December 14, 2014. They checked that employers were taking appropriate action to assess and address possible hazards involving machines that were not properly guarded, locked out or blocked.

“Workers can suffer serious injuries such as amputation of limbs or even death if machines have improper or missing guards or if improper lockout procedures are used,” said George Gritziotis, chief prevention officer. “We’re working to improve the health and safety of workers in Ontario. But we can’t do it alone. Government, employers, workers and others must share the responsibility to keep workplaces safe.”

They also checked that employers were protecting workers from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and chemical exposure, and that workplaces had a strong internal responsibility system (IRS) in place to ensure worker health and safety.

“Since 2003, the number of injuries in Ontario workplaces has decreased by 40 per cent, but blitzes like this show that more can be done and needs to be done to ensure the health and safety of all workers,” said Kevin Flynn, minister of labour. “These blitz results send a strong message that non-compliance continues to be a problem in many industrial workplaces, and it will not be tolerated by the Ministry of Labour. Ontario workers deserve to return home safe and sound after a hard day’s work, and we will persist in our efforts to ensure they do.”

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+2 #3 Ron Hoover 2015-05-20 19:48
Rob,

The Ministry is an adversary, under the guise of 'safety' they impose draconian fine and regulations on industries struggling to survive. The amount of cost , effort and time spend on trivial items in order to to comply with the ministry puts us at a distinct disadvantage when competing.
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+1 #2 Rob 2015-04-16 02:38
Canadian manufacturing is struggling to stay alive in a fiercely competitive market, and we are locking them out for safety violations which in many cases are very minor.
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+3 #1 Rob G 2015-04-15 20:12
If this was purely safety this would be fantastic.
This is just as much about fines. How come the ministry does not just make visits to assist and help with compliance, this will never change unless the ministry is viewed as a partner and not an adversary
Income to the government ( just taxes ) and blame safety
Everyone wants people to arrive and leave safely
Perhaps the ministry should combine efforts by asking industry how they can help before the fines are levied
If our government had any clue about safety it can be achieved
NOT by fines, by cooperation and a concerted effort by all .
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