The OSWCA applauds PC MPP Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton) and NDP MPP Paul
Miller (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) for working together to co-sponsor an important Private Members' Bill
that seeks a mandatory One Call system for all underground
infrastructure location services in Ontario.
TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Sewer and Watermain
Construction Association (OSWCA) offers its enthusiastic support and
congratulations to PC MPP Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton) and NDP MPP Paul
Miller (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) for demonstrating a clear spirit of
cooperation by jointly introducing a Private Members' Bill, The Ontario One Call Act -- an act that reduces red tape, saving businesses time and money; and
increases worker safety and public safety.
This important legislation is welcome news for our industry members, who
want Ontarians to reap the benefit of a system that reduces the
regulatory burden for business, offers taxpayers the benefit of cost
savings from accident prevention, and will improve public and worker
safety in Ontario.
"There is an urgent need for a mandatory One Call system that extends
across the province to ensure the safety of our workers and the safety
of the general public," said Don Sloat, OSWCA President. "It is
encouraging to see that right out of the gate Ontario political parties
are working together in a spirit of collaboration. The OSWCA urges the
Government of Ontario to support this important piece of legislation.
If passed, this One Call initiative can be a perfect illustration of
the positive impact that cooperation and collaboration between
political parties can offer to taxpayers in the name of safety and
reduced red tape."
The Ontario One Call Act would make it mandatory for all utility asset owners and excavators to
use a single one call system to locate all underground utility lines
before digging. If passed, the bill would establish Ontario One Call
Ltd., as a not-for-profit call centre that would be the single point of
contact for all underground utility location services in the province.
Public and worker safety are at serious risk when utility lines such as
buried pipelines or hydro lines are struck or damaged because
homeowners, building contractors and other excavators do not obtain the
precise location of lines before they dig.
"Ontario's current, voluntary approach does not work on jobsites." said
Joe Accardi, OSWCA Executive Director. "Safety cannot be a voluntary
exercise and a mandatory approach is necessary. In fact, mandatory One
Call systems are in place in all 50 states across the USA, reducing the
risk of serious injury or fatality to workers and the general public."
In the coming days, the OSWCA will be communicating directly with all
Ontario MPPs and urging them to continue working together in a spirit
of collaboration and cooperation to ensure that The Ontario One Call Act is passed during this legislative session.
About the OSWCA: The OSWCA is the voice of over 800 members across Ontario including
contractors, manufacturers and distributors who perform over $1 billion
a year in capital projects. To learn more about the OSWCA visit www.oswca.org
SOURCE Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association
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