Over the last few months, some of our members have expressed concerns about unsafe working conditions on various sites in Ontario.

There have also been a number of workplace injuries and fatalities this summer and the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario has issued a call for increased worksite safety.

Section 43 (3) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act states that a worker may refuse to work in a situation where there is a reasonable belief that the equipment, machine or device the worker is to use or operate is likely to endanger himself, herself or another worker, or the condition of the workplace.

Click here to see a checklist from the Ministry of Labour that outlines the proper procedures that must be followed when refusing to work due to unsafe working conditions.