Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

December 16, 2010 14:15 ET

Building Trades Council Welcomes Dean Report on Worker Safety

Modernizing Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety System Benefits Both Workers and Employers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - "Worker safety should be everyone's priority. Overall, the report of the Expert Advisory Panel headed by Tony Dean makes substantial recommendations that will advance workplace health and safety in Ontario," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. "Now we need to move on getting this report implemented."

"It is unfortunate that it took a tragedy like Kipling Avenue, where four workers lost their lives and one was seriously injured, to get a major review of our health and safety system," added Dillon. "The Building Trades have been on record for years calling for the modernization of Ontario's occupational and health system under governments of all political stripes."

Among other things, the report calls for:

  • mandatory training for all construction workers
  • tougher penalties for those who place workers at risk
  • an improved, more integrated prevention system
  • a province-wide strategy to address the underground economy, which will have a positive impact on prevention

"Taken together, this is a significant improvement on the current system," said Dillon. "The Building Trades Council is eager to see action that will make these recommendations a reality in Ontario's workplaces."

The Dean Panel included representatives from business, labour and academia who undertook extensive, province-wide consultations before crafting the report. The Panel heard from a wide range of stakeholders who shared their input on existing issues and challenges regarding safety in the workplace. "We'd like to thank the Premier and Minister Fonseca for forming the Panel and allowing them to work unimpeded," added Dillon. 

"Employers, who have been part of this process, should embrace the report together with the labour community. Safety is not only morally right, it adds to the bottom line of businesses by preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities," he said.

"We appreciate the hard work of Tony Dean and his Panel in drafting the recommendations. However, we cannot let this report languish on a bookshelf. Proactive prevention outcomes, as directed by the Chief Prevention Executive will be directly impacted by the strength and activity of the partnerships between stakeholders and government," concluded Dillon.

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is a voice for construction workers in the province.

Contact Information

  • Patrick Dillon
    Business Manager
    Cell: (416) 347-8245