Ontario farmers now covered by health and safety laws

Safety inspectors will be obliged to investigate critical farm injuries and fatalities
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/13/2006

After a decade-long campaign, Ontario farm workers will be covered under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) as of Friday.

"We're glad the government finally acted to end its discrimination against workers who perform some of the most dangerous work there is," said Wayne Hanley, national director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW).

"The exclusion of these workers from OHSA protection was unfair, unjust and a violation of their Charter rights."