Many workplaces pay no heed to safety: investigator

365 Ontario workers died in 2004
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2006

Some Ontario workplaces can only be described as "Third World" in terms of the number of on-the-job injuries and deaths, according to a professional engineer who investigates workplace accidents.

As many as half of small-and medium-sized companies pay little or no heed to workplace safety, said Ralph Balbaa, president of Mississauga, Ont.-based HITE Engineering Corp, which is on contract to Ontario's labour ministry to investigate on-the-job deaths and injuries.

Under a federal law passed three years ago, CEOs and other senior company officials can be held criminally responsible for workplace accidents.