The Ministry of Labour has recently announced its
inspection blitzes for the remainder of 2012 and the beginning of
2013. The blitzes will focus on sector-specific hazards and are
designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and
safety legislation. The Ministry will report the results of the
blitzes, and will track each sector to determine if the blitzes
resulted in an increase in health and safety legislation compliance
and a decrease in injuries.
The following table sets out the scheduled blitzes:
New and Young Worker
Struck by Objects
(hazards associated with traffic control during
Tower Cranes/Mobile Cranes
Pits and Quarries, Sand and Gravel Pits
(hazards associated with the haulage process)
Supervisory Engagement in Construction
(requirements under Section 14, Reg. 213/91)
(machine guarding, MSD, workplace violence)
October – November 2012
Infection Prevention and Control
(hazards associated with ore pass and loading pocket
Slips, Trips and Falls
(ladder safety and fall protection hazards)
Workplace Violence and Harassment
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