Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP and Minister of Labour, Training & Skills Development Monte McNaughton is issuing a harsh warning to the business and labour sector, including the construction industry.
“Most employers are going above and beyond, but of course there’s always bad actors out there,” says McNaughton. “We want to send a strong message to those bad actors that if they’re not acting safe and healthy when it comes to keeping their workplaces safe, the Ministry of Labour will be at their door step.”
Premier Doug Ford has taken aim at the construction industry at large in multiple press conferences this week.
McNaughton says there are nearly 400 health and safety inspectors across Ontario, on the ground and responding to work-place concerns.
Since Monday, inspectors have responded to over 100 construction-related events in the province and issued 16 orders.
McNaughton says the health and safety concerns stretch much further than just the construction industry. All business and industry must adhere to COVID-19 regulations, as implemented by the Ministry.
“If someone is in self-isolation or quarantine, if they have to stay home to look after a loved one, then those jobs are going to be protected,” says the MPP. “There is no excuse for someone who recently traveled to have to go into work and put others at risk. We all have to work together. Everybody needs to smarten up and do what’s in the best interest of their family members, their neighbour and their community.
Monte reminds local residents to call the Ministry of Labour’s health and safety line if you feel unsafe or unhealthy at a workplace. The number is 1-877-202-0008.