Working at Heights Training
MOL APPROVED (July 17, 2015)
Regulations requiring workers to be trained when working at heights were originally came into effect in 2002. Largely because fall related deaths have not decreased, in 2013 the Ministry of Labour has released their Working at Heights program standards in order to ensure a consistent level of training across the province for all workers. Construction regulations require any worker on a construction site who is exposed to a fall hazard, to receive proper working at heights training.
The requirement for Working at Heights Training basically includes 100% of all personnel who enter a construction site, everyone must be trained to understand guardrails, floor covers and their responsibilities.
The reason for Working at Heights training is simple; falls are the single largest contributor to construction fatalities (deaths). Therefore better training should reduce the number of construction workers getting killed due to falls.
Our Working at Heights Training program is comprised of 2 parts:
1 - Fall Prevention
2 - Fall Arrest
Fall Prevention is just what the term implies, we explore different ways workers are falling, and discuss basic safety procedures on how to prevent these types of falls. Examples of fall prevention includes; proper use of ladders, proper scaffold erection, properly built guardrails, floor covers, working from scissor lifts and travel restraint procedures.
Fall Arrest refers to the wearing of a harness and associated equipment, we discuss proper fitting procedures, the different types equipment used, and all participants must demonstrate they can properly adjust and wear a harness and demonstrate basis fall arrest methods through class exercises.
Topic of discussion include all of the MOL's 57 learning objectives and include;
- Statistics on fall related construction fatalities are discussed
- Internal Responsibility System
- Employer, supervisor and worker requirements
- Worker Rights & Reprisals
- Hierarchy Of Controls
- System Resources
- Guardrail specifications and examples of good and poor guardrails
- Floor openings and covers specifications
- Travel restraint systems
- Proper ladder use
- Scaffolds and other work platforms
- Power elevating platform fall protection issues
- Working from a flat roof, and bump lines
- Working from a sloped roof and requirement for harnesses
- Fall arrest equipment basics, harnesses, lanyards, anchor points, retractable lanyards, lifelines, rope grabs, tie off adaptors, anchor points
- Equipment demonstration and class familiarity interaction
- Inspection of fall arrest equipment
- Each participant must demonstrate; 1 - they can properly inspect, adjust and dawn a full body harness 2- Travel Restraint 3 - 100% tie off
We show the BuildSafe fall arrest video (11 min)
BuildSafe drop test video on shock absorbers is also shown (8min)
Each participant receives a BuildSafe Working at heights workbook, and
Must complete a mandatory quiz
Our Working at Heights training takes approximately 7.5 - 8 hours to complete. (8am - 5pm)