ON Labour Ministry’s Fall Blitz Focuses on Supply Chain Flatbed Safety

The Ontario Trucking Association has been working with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to raise awareness on flatbed truck safety by pointing out that many accidents occur at work sites not under the control of a truck driver’s employer.

Building off a campaign initiated by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), OTA has urged the government to specifically focus its latest enforcement efforts during its fall blitz campaign at all workplaces throughout the supply chain.

MOL inspectors will be paying attention to various types of facilities across the supply chain, ensuring all parties (including shippers, receivers and carriers) are living up to their workplace health and safety responsibilities.

“We know that some shippers and receivers take health and safety very seriously, but unfortunately not all supply chain partners share this as a major priority,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski.

OTA is asking that enforcement personnel pay special attention to facilities that are known to force truck drivers to tarp flatbeds off-site. OTA also anticipates MOL will prioritize the inspection of conditions at certain facilities, such as looking at whether the grounds are safe and properly maintained and ensuring there is proper lighting.

If OTA members are aware of a site in the supply chain they believe is not doing its part to ensure workplace safety on its premises, let OTA know at operations&safety@ontruck.org. OTA will provide the MOL the company names received for consideration.

For more info on good and bad practices at yards and worksites, check out this animated white board video, Keeping Flatbed Truck Drivers Safe, in (English & French). Additionally, OTA encourages carriers to post this infographic (click here: Flatbed Safety_public) around their workplaces. Feel free to share the videos and infographic with supply chain partners and customers.

Additionally, the MOL will also be holding a free webinar on Sep 21, 2017 for interested employers titled: Are You Prepared for the Ministry of Labour’s Falls Blitz? For details, click here.

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