Fall Prevention & Working at Heights

Falls Awareness Week Campaign Materials

 

Ministry of Labour Resources

 

Fall Prevention & Working at Heights

Falls are a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. The vast majority of these incidents are falls from heights—even though the height may be no more than two or three metres.

This topic page provides helpful information about working at heights training and ways to prevent fall injuries and fatalities.

 

Training Requirements

The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) introduced a working at heights (WAH) training program standard and training provider standard to ensure that workers were receiving proper WAH training. Changes were made to Ontario’s health and safety legislation, making WAH training mandatory for workers on a construction project who may be exposed to a fall hazard.

Employers must ensure that their workers are provided with working at heights training that has been approved by the MOL’s Prevention Office. A WAH refresher course must be taken every three years to maintain this training.

IHSA was one of the first WAH training providers to be approved by the MOL. We offer the following courses:

 

In addition, employers must ensure that workers are given site-specific training and proper oral and written instructions. This includes making them aware of fall hazards at the project and providing instruction on the particular equipment they will be using. To meet this requirement, employers should ensure that the site supervisor conducts a hazard assessment of the jobsite and develops a fall protection work plan. The supervisor should review the results of the jobsite hazard assessment and the requirements of the fall protection work plan with workers on the site.

We have provided the following resources to help employers meet their site-specific training obligations:

 

Job Safety Analysis/Hazard Assessment Template

This will show supervisors where the hazards are and where fall protection is required. Once the hazards have been identified, the supervisor must find the most appropriate solutions to eliminate or control the hazards. These solutions should be included in the fall protection work plan.

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Fall Protection Work Plan Template

This is a step-by-step guide for controlling fall hazards on your jobsite. It is intended to offer guidance and instruction for workers using fall protection. It’s easy to follow and will help supervisors choose the best method of fall protection that is available to them under the circumstances.

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Sample Fall Rescue Procedures

Before any worker uses a fall arrest system on a project, the employer is legally required to develop written procedures for rescuing someone whose fall has been arrested. These rescue procedures should also be reviewed with the workers and must be posted in a conspicuous place at the project. We have provided some sample fall rescue procedures that employers can customize to meet their needs.

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Health and Safety Advisory: Working at Heights - Site-Specific Training (W254)

Falling from heights continues to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the Ontario construction industry. CPO-approved WAH training is only the first step. Knowing the specific fall hazards on site and how to protect against those hazards is the key to keeping workers safe and reducing the number of fall-related incidents.

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Focus on Working at Heights Standard Magazine

This edition of our IHSA.ca 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 IHSA.ca Magazine which has a special section on falls, including ladder safety, safety for roofers, and what supervisors can do to prevent falls.

 

Products

 

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

 

Construction Health & Safety Manual

 

Safety Talks

 

Articles and Documents

 

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 Preparedness
 
Workplace Inspections
 

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