Industrial deaths prompt safety review by province

There will be a review into how to protect Ontario workers after astring of deaths on industrial sites across the province, thegovernment said yesterday, although it stopped short of agreeing to apublic inquiry into the accidents.
Published : January 28, 2010

There will be a review into how to protect Ontario workers after a string of deaths on industrial sites across the province, the government said yesterday, although it stopped short of agreeing to a public inquiry into the accidents.

“Our workplace safety system is one of the best in the world, but we’re always striving to improve our system,” said Labour Minister Peter Fonseca. “We’ve made some significant strides in the province over the last six years ... but we’ve all read and heard about fatalities in the workplace, and one fatality is one too many.”

The province is setting up an advisory panel to improve its occupational health and safety system that will report back to the government by the fall.

It will be headed by Tony Dean, a University of Toronto professor and veteran civil servant, and include safety experts from labour groups, employers and academic institutions.

The move comes on the heels of several deaths, including that of a 69-year-old man in the Ottawa area and a 52-year-old near Schreiber, Ont.

 
 
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