The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released the results of
recent inspection blitzes dealing with racking and storage,
underground mining ventillation, and infection prevention and
With respect to racking and storage, the MOL notes that from
2006 to 2010, three workers died and 45 others were seriously
injured in racking and storage incidents. In its November 2011
blitz, MOL inspectors conducted 1,167 visits to 977 workplaces and
issued 3,063 compliance orders, including 118 stop work orders. The
most common compliance order required employers to maintain racking
and storage equipment in good condition, suggesting that the MOL
found racking defects such as dents in rack supports.
With respect to underground mining ventillation, the MOL notes
that between 2005 and 2009, 176 workers died and another 36 workers
developed occupational diseases related to respiratory illnesses in
the mining sector. In October and November 2011, MOL inspectors
conducted 61 visits to 36 underground mines and issued 207
compliance orders under the OHSA, including 22 stop work orders to
underground mines. The most common specific compliance order
required employers to prepare a plan to comply with an
With respect to infection prevention and control, the MOL states
that in 2010, more than 1,150 health care workers filed infectious
disease claims that were approved by the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Board. In November 2011, MOL inspectors conducted 116
visits to 100 health care workplaces and issued 192 compliance
orders. The most common specific compliance order was to perform at
least an annual review of health and safety procedures.
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