December 14th, 2004:
MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT HIRES NEW INSPECTORS TO REDUCE
Delivers On Plan To Protect Workers, Make Workplaces Safer
TORONTO — As part of its plan to prevent 60,000 workplace injuries per year
by 2008, the McGuinty Government today began training 100 new occupational
health and safety inspectors, Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced.
“This is an important day for health and safety in Ontario,” said Bentley.
“We plan to cut workplace injuries by 20 per cent in four years. It will mean
less pain and suffering for people. Additionally, it will reduce the burden on
the health care system, result in savings for the Workplace Safety and Insurance
Board and level the playing field for companies that operate safely.”
On July 8, 2004, the government announced it would hire 200 more enforcement
staff under a major health and safety initiative. Today, Bentley welcomed 100
new inspectors to their first training session. Over the next three months, the
inspectors will receive classroom and hands-on instruction and they will begin
work across Ontario in April.
An additional 100 health and safety enforcement staff will be hired over the
next year to complete the government’s recruitment drive.
The new inspectors will:
- Allow the ministry to initially target 6,000 workplaces with the highest
lost-time injury rates
- Visit these sites four times a year
- Focus on workplace hazards to help firms reduce on-the-job injuries
“Increased enforcement will promote safer workplaces and make Ontario the
place to be for years to come,” said Bentley.
Ministry of Labour
Written By: Ministry of Labour
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