The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released results of its
enforcement initiative in Ontario schools, which resulted from the
tragic death of an Ottawa area student while cutting a steel
The enforcement initiative appears to have focused on
woodworking shops, technological education labs and shops (auto
body, construction, and manufacturing courses) and science
MOL inspectors conducted almost 2,000 visits to more than 900
workplaces including schools and school board offices. They
issued more than 6,600 compliance orders for a total of more than 3
orders per visit.
The most common compliance orders related to exposed moving
parts on machines, slippery work surfaces, unsafe ladders and a
lack of guardrails, guarding devices on equipment, lifting devices
and personal protective equipment.
The resutls of the MOL's school safety initiative can be
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