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Ontario has created an advisory group that will help the government develop and implement a Construction Health and Safety Action Plan.  The plan is expected to improve workplace injury and illness prevention among construction workers.

The group will work to accomplish the following: increase the commitment to health and safety in construction workplaces; enhance training for workers in the construction sector; work with other enforcement authorities and municipalities to improve safety; build an awareness about construction health and safety among young people; encourage effective supervision of construction workers; ensure legislation and regulations are better understood by the construction sector; and ensure effective consumer outreach strategies.

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 Supermarket Guilty in Worker’s Forklift Death

A supermarket pleaded guilty and was fined $140,000 after a worker was crushed to death by a forklift truck.

The worker, who had been hired the day before, was tasked with using a walk-behind lift truck (a “stacker”) and was not trained to use that equipment. While moving products from the basement to the main floor, the worker was crushed when the stacker tipped over and fell backwards.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the stacker was operated by a competent worker.

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Inspection Blitzes to Continue This Summer

Inspection blitzes are underway and will continue through July 31, 2015 in Ontario. Ministry of Labour employment standards officials will be looking for violations in areas such as minimum wage, overtime pay and meal breaks.

They will visit businesses that employ new, young and vulnerable workers who are working in seasonal, part-time or temporary positions, as well as temporary foreign workers.

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