Vertical falls remain a leading cause of workplace injuries and OHS penalties. Among other things, employers are required to provide safety training to all workers exposed to fall hazards. Such training must cover:
- The fall hazards to which workers are exposed;
- The fall protection measures and systems used;
- Assessment and selection of anchors;
- Proper use of connecting hardware;
- How to inspect and care for the equipment;
- The impact of falls and fall arrest on the human body; and
- The safe work and rescue procedures to follow.
In addition, 3 provinces—Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia—require employers to ensure that workers exposed to fall hazards at construction sites successfully complete a special certification working at heights certification training course approved by the government. Here’s a look at the fall protection training rules in each part of Canada.