At the monthly meeting of the Provincial Labour – Management Health and Safety Committee on May 2nd, the Ministry of Labour’s Acting Provincial Co-ordinator for the Construction Health and Safety Program, Jean Justa, reported the following for the period January 1 to April 15, 2018:
- There were 8 fatalities in the construction industry versus 6 in the same period in the year prior; 6 of those fatalities were the result of falls; 4 were in single family residential, 1 in multi-res, 1 in industrial and 2 in commercial
- There were 49 critical injuries versus 59 in 2017; too many were the result of falls
Since April 15th there have been several additional construction fatalities. If the current trajectory continues, 2018 will go down as he worst year for health and safety in a long time.