The Ministry of Labour is proposing to clarify existing requirements for temporary stairs in the regulation for Construction Projects O.Reg. 213/91.
On residential construction sites, temporary stairs are often put in place to facilitate access and egress to parts of a construction project before permanent stairs can be built. When these stairs are not installed, improperly installed or poorly designed, it can pose a serious hazard.
This proposal would amend current temporary stairs provisions by:
- Clarifying where temporary stairs should start and end (i.e. requiring temporary stairs in underground levels).
- Identifying specific situations where the installation of temporary stairs may not be possible.
- Revising width dimensions to accommodate for movement of large equipment.
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The ministry is currently seeking industry feedback on these proposed changes.