MOL has released the results of it’s recent Safety Blitz which focused on construction sites in the region, with alarming results.
Blitz Results: Struck By Hazards 2015
In 2014, six workers were killed by moving vehicles or equipment, two workers of whom were signallers who were killed by vehicles they were directing.
During May and June, 2015, ministry inspectors conducted 1,494 field visits to 1,313 workplaces and issued 3,056 orders under the OHSA, including 261 stop work orders. Some of the workplaces were visited more than once.
Of the orders:
79 per cent (2,403 orders) were issued under Construction Regulations
20 per cent (622 orders) were issued under the OHSA
1 per cent (31 orders) were issued under other regulatory requirements
The three most frequently issued orders under Construction Regulations involved a failure of employers to:
ensure workers were protected from falls
ensure workers used personal protective equipment (PPE) when required
provide traffic control and planning, and organize vehicle and equipment operation at the construction project