Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

January 27, 2010 12:10 ET

Construction groups respond to Workplace Safety Review

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Jan. 27, 2010) - Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario responded to the announcement by Ontario Labour Minister Peter Fonseca to the appointment of Tony Dean as chair of an Expert Advisory Panel on Workplace Safety in Ontario. "We appreciate Premier McGuinty and Minister Fonseca's efforts in addressing this issue. Tony Dean's appointment as Chair is something we applaud and welcome. As a former Deputy Minister of Labour he has a strong understanding of the issues involved in workplace safety."

"The deaths of four workers on Christmas Eve in Toronto and the one yesterday in Ottawa serve as a reminder that workplace safety must be a priority for all. It is important the McGuinty government's review look at the underlying issues in how we can make workplaces safe and what role government, employers and workers have in reaching that goal," Dillon said.

"Construction workers are an important component of Ontario's economy. We need to make sure that our safety, training, monitoring and enforcement provisions and structures are up to date and able to address a changing workplace," said Dillon. "We will work with Tony, his expert advisory panel and all industry partners to identify areas for improvement and ways to make workplaces safe."

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The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an umbrella organization that represents over 150,000 workers.

For further information please contact:

Patrick Dillon, Business Manager 416-679-8887 (office)
416-347-8245 (cell)

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