Ontario blitz targets racking, storage

by Sandy MacIsaac


Ontario is focusing on workplace hazards related to racking and storage during an enforcement blitz at industrial workplaces across the province.

Ministry of Labour inspectors are checking for hazards involving the installation, use, maintenance and repair or racking and storage systems. This includes ensuring material is placed safely and stored on racks. Inspectors will check that:

• Racking is selected and installed in a hazard-free way;

• Racking is properly maintained and repaired;

• Material is safely loaded onto racks by lift trucks; and

• Aisles are obstruction-free, lighting is adequate and pallets are in good condition.

Between 2006 and 2010, three workers died and 45 others were seriously injured in racking and storage incidents. The increased enforcement is part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario strategy, launched in 2008.