The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced a summer
safety inspection blitz targeting construction sites with mobile
and tower cranes, as well as surface mines and quarries, as part of
its Safe at Work Ontario enforcement strategy.
With respect to the inspection blitz of construction sites, the
Ministry of Labour has announced that its inspectors will be
particularly focused on ensuring that: (i) cranes have adequate
access and fall arrest equipment, (ii) the crane operator is
maintaining minimum required distances from energized power lines,
(iii) crane operator log books and manuals are being properly kept
and maintained; (iv) crane operators are appropriately certified,
and (v) there are no issues with the structural, mechanical or
foundational integrity of the mobile or tower cranes or their
With respect to surface mines and quarries, the Ministry of
Labour has indicated its intention to target pits and quarries that
have not been previously inspected, or where compliance issues have
been previously identified. As part of the safety blitz, MOL
inspectors will be focusing on: (i) the adequacy and safe use of
traffic control procedures, including appropriate training and
signage, (ii) the condition of vehicle braking, steering, lighting
and other safety components on mine or quarry vehicles, and (iii)
confirmation that vehicle safety components are being tested, and
that testing records are being maintained, as required by the
Regulation for Mines and Mining Plants, R.R.O. 1990, Reg.
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