Residential Construction Safety Blitz Underway

The Alberta government is stepping up its safety inspections of residential construction worksites during the busy summer construction season.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) officers will be increasing inspections on worksites over weekends and other periods outside regular working hours to ensure safety remains a priority throughout the busy construction months.

Between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, OHS officers issued 1,605 orders on residential construction worksites. More than half were related to fall protection, a statistic that has remained constant over the past two years.

“Building a new home is an exciting time. Each summer, work ramps up on residential construction sites as crews take advantage of the good weather and longer daylight hours. OHS officers will be out in force to make sure employers and workers are taking their workplace safety responsibilities seriously.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

“The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta is committed to worker safety. We are helping companies build certified health and safety programs, developing new training courses for the residential construction industry, testing innovative ways to prevent falls and raising awareness among industry members and high school students. We believe the residential inspection program will reinforce the message that we must all strive to make safety the top priority.”

Jim Rivait, CEO, Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta

Quick facts

  • OHS officers will visit worksites across the province outside regular working hours until the end of September
  • Officers have the authority to write orders, including stop work and stop use orders
  • Officers can write tickets on the spot if they see non-compliance issues.