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Renseignements en Français

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Construction and Industrial

Occupational Health and Safety provides support and information to help identify hazards and prevent incidents resulting in illness, injury, or death.  Everyone in the workplace is legally responsible for safety.  Below are prevention and safety tips specific to the Construction and Industrial industries.

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1. Forklifts and Safe Operations

Saskatchewan injury statistics suggest that forklifts pose a significant risk to workers who operate them or work nearby.  Experience suggests that many incidents could be prevented if regulatory requirements were better understood and followed.

The Saskatchewan Employment Act (the Act) requires employers to provide adequate training to workers on all matters that are necessary to protect their health and safety at work. Under the Act, employers have specific duties for the selection, maintenance and operation of forklifts and other mobile equipment.  Their duties also include providing the related training, instruction and competent supervision of workers.  During training supervisors must ensure that operators can demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to operate their equipment safely.

The Forklifts and Safe Operations Guide provides advice to employers on how to implement and maintain effective systems to ensure the safe operation of forklifts.  Note that this guide does not deal with extending or telescoping boom material handling equipment.

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2. Safety in Excavations and Trenches

Excavation, trenching, shaft sinking and tunnelling operations can be very dangerous.  In Saskatchewan, inattention to safety during these activities has caused serious worker injuries and deaths.  The Saskatchewan Employment Act (the Act) requires employers and contractors to take extensive precautions to protect workers engaged in these activities.

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 contain the regulated safety standards for excavations, excavated shafts, trenches and tunnels. In addition, employers and contractors should consult municipal and city bylaws for the area where they are working.  The public should be warned about any applicable hazards that could reasonably be expected to occur during an excavation project.

The Excavating and Trenching Safely Guide is a resource for employers and contractors.  It provides information to help prevent harmful incidents to workers when excavating.

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