Falls Awareness Week 2021
 

For the fourth year, IHSA will join with the Prevention Office of the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development (MLTSD) to promote Falls Awareness Week (FAW). FAW is part of a campaign to prevent falls, which is one of the leading causes of death and critical injuries in the construction industry. The purpose of the campaign is to support an open dialogue about fall hazards at work and foster a shift in workplace culture surrounding falls.

In support of this event, IHSA has developed a Fall Prevention Toolkit (W016), which contains resources such as safety talks, forms, checklists, articles, advisories, and posters. These resources can help employers develop site-specific WAH training and educate their workers on how to protect themselves from fall hazards.

Falls Awareness Week Booklet W016

Download IHSA’s Fall Prevention Toolkit (W016)

The 2021 version of the Fall Prevention Toolkit assigns different fall-related topics for each day of FAW.

 

Falls Awareness Week Schedule

Day 1 – Monday, May 3
Kick-Off (General fall-related safety hazards)
Day 2 – Tuesday, May 4
Falls from Ladders
Day 3 – Wednesday, May 5
Slips, Trips, and Falls from Stairs
Day 4 – Thursday, May 6
Falls from Roofs and Heights
Day 5 – Friday, May 7
Falls from Scaffolding and Suspended Work Platforms
 

IHSA has also developed free on-demand webinars and podcasts that cover the daily topics related to falls. Links to these podcasts and webinars are available in the daily breakdowns below and at the bottom of this web page.

Keeping social distancing measures in mind, we encourage employers and workers to stop work for 15–30 minutes each day during FAW and conduct safety talks, hold discussions, or give presentations on each of the daily fall-related topics. These discussions can help identify fall hazards and gaps in knowledge or training, which can help keep everyone safe on the job.

Employers and supervisors can also use this time to refresh or expand their knowledge about the best ways to protect their workers from falls.

Access the daily fall-related resources for Falls Awareness Week below:

 

Day 1 – Kick-Off (General fall-related safety hazards)

 

Day 2 – Falls from Ladders

 

Day 3 – Slips, Trips, and Falls from Stairs

 

Day 4 – Falls from Roofs and Heights

 

Day 5 – Falls from Scaffolding and Suspended Work Platforms

 

Additional Resources & Information

 

Fall-Related Webinars and Podcasts