What are my obligations as an employer for motorized equipment?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act places a general duty on employers to "take every precaution reasonable under the circumstances for the protection of the worker" and places more specific duties on employers regarding the maintenance of equipment and the training/instruction and supervision of workers. Ministry of Labour stresses competency as the main factor. Section 51 of Regulation 851 has two requirements for competency that relate to powered lift trucks. Clause 51(2)(a) requires the truck operator to be a competent person and, under clause 51(1)(b), the examination of the lift truck's load-handling capability is to be carried out by a competent person. The regulation does not say specifically how these requirements are to be satisfied. However, there is a definition under the OHS Act, part of which requires a "competent person" to have "knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance".
ABL Employment' Responsibility
- To prescreen potential employees for work history on power equipment.
- Administer a written assessment to determine the worker's knowledge.
Client Company' Responsibility
- Accurately depict the expected duties of the vacancy.
- Determine competence of the worker upon arrival and prior to allowing the worker on the floor to begin his/her assignment.
- Provide ongoing and adequate supervision of the worker.
What is the unemployment rate in my area?
What is an appropriate pay range for warehouse/ manufacturing positions?
The information is updated annually. The ranges and geographic area is broad, so determine the accessibility of your location and desired shifts as well as the nature of the work environment to determine where your company falls in the range.