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Tuesday
Feb242015

ADVISORY ON SEASONAL CHANGES AND ROAD SAFETY

Message from the Chief Prevention Officer:

Every year, workers are killed or injured as a result of workplace Motor Vehicle Incidents

Motor Vehicle Incidents (MVIs) are one of the top three causes of fatalities at Ontario workplaces and winter driving in particular can be hazardous for those who are unprepared.

Workers lose their lives due to MVIs while on the job in such sectors as electrical/utilities, construction, mining and transportation.

These incidents are preventable — all workers and employers should exercise every pre-cautionary measure to ensure safety while on the roads and to prevent future incidents. Employers should also ensure that workers are adequately trained for driving in inclement weather.

Safety tips for driving safely in the winter:

  • Know the law and the rules of the road.
  • Know your equipment — how to control your vehicle and where blind spots are.
  • Minimize hazards by inspecting your vehicle and setting controls before travelling.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand in case your car stalls out in the cold.
  • Practice driving in the winter:
    • During daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.
    • Steer into a skid.
    • Consider longer stopping distances on ice.
  • Avoid fatigue — stop every few hours if possible.
  • Ensure your expected time of arrival and route are known if traveling in remote areas.

Information to help protect you is available from the Ministry of Labour and its workplace partners.

To report unsafe work practices, please contact the Ministry of Labour Health & Safety Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-202-0008.