Fall Protection Training Petition

Fall Protection Training Petition

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

WHEREAS, in 2013, 16 Ontario construction workers were killed in tragic falls, almost 3,400 WSIB fall claims were accepted and many, many other falls were never even reported;

WHEREAS, in addition to the human tragedy of workplace falls, the financial cost of each year’s WSIB fall claims is about $100 million;

WHEREAS, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador implemented a new fall protection training regulations on Jan 1, 2012 after which fall claims declined by 25 per cent;

WHEREAS, a similar training requirement and result in Ontario could prevent over 800 fall tragedies each year and avoid $25 million in cost to the WSIB;

And WHEREAS, in 2010 the Ontario government promised to implement a similar training requirement by 2012, but still has not done so; and has thereby left workers in peril at a cost of over $50 million in costs to the WSIB;

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, call upon the Minister of Labour to make saving workers’ lives a priority and stop delaying fall protection training regulations.


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