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MOL  2018 / 2019

Inspection initiative results: Warehouse and big box retail

Results of a province-wide initiative that focused on hazards in warehouses and big box retail stores from October 1 to November 23, 2018.

Overview

During a health and safety initiative at warehouses and big box retail stores from October 1 to November 23, 2018, Ministry of Labour inspectors:

  • conducted 960 field visits with 55 support role activities footnote 1[1]

  • visited 820 workplaces

  • issued 2,764 orders and requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations, including 64 stop work orders

Inspectors checked that employers were complying with the OHSA and its regulations at warehouses and big box retail stores. This included checking that employers were protecting workers by taking suitable action to identify and control hazards.

The goals of the industrial health and safety initiative were to:

  • raise awareness of key health and safety hazards at warehouses and big box retail stores

  • verify that requirements were being met

  • increase workplace compliance with the law

  • prevent injuries and illness that could arise from unsafe work practices

  • provide help for employers on workplace safety in warehouses

Warehouse and big box retail hazards

A warehouse is a commercial building used by manufacturers, importers/exporters, retailers/wholesalers, transport companies and other businesses to store goods, raw materials and other commodities.

Activities at a warehouse generally include loading and unloading various materials and goods from trucks onto pallets (racks) by hand and using forklifts.

Big box retail locations share many hazards with warehouses, including racking, lifting devices and in shipping/receiving areas.

Lost-time injury data from WSIB shows that the most common injuries in these types of workplaces come from:

  • containers, boxes, barrels, packages (pressurized, non-pressurized)

  • structures (including walkways, floors and buildings)

  • parts and materials

  • persons (bodily motion or condition)

  • vehicles

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