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 industrial and construction industries.
1. Forklifts and Safe Operations
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 contain the regulated safety standards for the selection, maintenance and operation of forklifts and other mobile equipment. 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. Employers must also provide 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.
2. Safety in Excavations and Trenches
The Saskatchewan Employment Act requires employers and contractors to take extensive precautions to protect workers engaged in excavations, trenching, shaft sinking and tunneling operations.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 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.
WorkSafe Saskatchewan's publication Safety in Excavations and Trenches is a resource for employers and contractors. It provides information to help prevent harmful incidents to workers when excavating.