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Fall Prevention & Working at Heights

Falls are a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. The vast majority of these accidents are falls from heights—even though the height may be no more than two or three metres. Most of these injuries and deaths have happened because fall protection was either missing or not used.

In Ontario, employers are required to provide workers with fall-protection training if the workers will be exposed to fall hazards. The links below contain helpful information about fall protection training, and ways to prevent fall accidents and fatalities.

New training requirements for working at heights


The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced changes to Regulation 297/13: Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training that will come into effect on April 1, 2015. As of that date, workers on construction sites will need to complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer before they can work at heights. For more information, download our communiqué.

Update on Working at Heights Training in Ontario


This presentation, which is also available to download from our homepage, provides detailed information on the current status of working at heights training requirements and clarification on employer training obligations. It was updated in December 2014.

Focus on Working at Heights Standard Magazine


This edition of our Magazine focuses on the Working at Heights Training Standard: History and background, Working at Heights Training Standard: An update from Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis, Working at Heights Training Standard: Industry perspectives, and more.

Focus on Falls Magazine


Order or download a copy of our summer Magazine which has a special section on falls, including ladder safety, safety for roofers, and what supervisors can do to prevent falls.



If your workers face fall hazards, you’re required to provide them with fall-protection training. Register them for IHSA’s new program Working at Heights – Fundamentals of Fall Prevention. We also offer a Working at Heights Instructor Workshop.




Visit our Slips, Trips, and Falls topic page. There you'll find other helpful resources.

Construction Health and Safety Manual


Safety Talks


Articles and Documents


Research and Statistics


Policy and Program Resources


A company's health and safety policy and program should include safe work practices or safe job procedures, requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE), an emergency response plan, and regular inspections. The sample documents below are a guide to help you create these elements with regards to fall hazards. For more resources, visit the Policy and Program Templates section.

Safe Work Practices/Safe Job Procedures

Personal Protective Equipment

Emergency Response Plan

Workplace Inspections

MOL Videos


Fall Hazards in Construction and Inspectors’ Enforcement Tools

Fall Hazards in Construction and Inspectors’ Enforcement Tools

Learn about the enforcement tools an inspector can use when encountering a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act or Regulations.

Safety on Swing Stages

Safety on Swing Stages

A Ministry of Labour health and safety inspector explains what he looks for during a swing stage inspection.
MOL hazard alert: suspended work platforms

Spot the Fall Hazards

Spot the Fall Hazards: Construction

This tool, created by the Ministry of Labour, presents some common hazards that could lead to falls at low-rise construction projects.