Ontario hiring 200 new health and safety inspectors

Province wants to cut injuries by 20 per cent in four years, plans to target worst offenders
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/24/2004

The Ontario government is almost doubling the number of health and safety inspectors in an effort to cut the number of workplace injuries by 60,000 by 2008.

Labour Minister Chris Bentley said the province’s goal in hiring 200 new enforcement staff is to cut workplace injuries by 20 per cent in four years.

“This will result in less pain and suffering, a reduced burden on the health-care system, savings to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of an estimated $300 million and a level playing field for safe companies,” said Bentley.