Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officers are increasing inspections of single and multi-family construction projects in Alberta, as the third of three planned focused inspections for 2011.
“Throughout the province, we’re beginning to see an increase in new home construction. We need to ensure safety on these job sites is a priority,” said Employment and Immigration Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. “I’ve said all year long that increased attention on residential construction projects was on my to-do list. Today’s the day.” (WCxKit)
In 2010, almost 1,700 inspections of Alberta’s residential construction sector resulted in 1,000 orders being issued. A lack of proper fall protection topped the list of infractions, followed by issues with hazard assessments, safeguards, and clear entrances, walkways and stairways.
Once the focused inspections and re-inspections are complete and the results are tabulated, the findings will be shared with Albertans. These will include the number of sites visited, the total number of inspections, and the number and types of orders issued.
“Several officers will be wholly dedicated to this campaign.” said Lukaszuk. “My message to Alberta’s home builders and their contractors is that we are on our way.”
Information on workplace injuries in the construction sector is available at: employment.alberta.ca/documents/WHS/WHS-PUB-oid-acsa.pdf.
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