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WORKING AT HEIGHTS
Why Working at Hight Training is Essential for your Construction Company
According to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board statistics, roughly one in six lost-time injuries results from falls. In the Ontario construction industry falls from heights are the leading cause of fatal accidents and death across Ontario workplaces.
What you are required to do
You are required to provide employees with fall-protection training and equipment if your workers face fall hazards.
What does the Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) say
As an Ontario employer, you must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from hazards. You must provide information and instruction, and ensure that workers properly use the required equipment. Otherwise, employers, supervisors and workers can be liable and prosecuted for not complying with the law.
How your business can be affected by fall hazards
The fines associated with not complying with the law are steep. Add to that the cost of losing an employee to injury or death and the numbers are limitless. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the average cost of an injury claim is nearly $12,000. When you factor in other costs to your business such as equipment damage and lost productivity, this can rise to more than $59,000.
What You Need to Do
Your employees need training. They need to posses the knowledge and experience to avoid injuries with the hazards they face in order.
As an employer it is up to you to ensure your employees are trained and that you develop safety procedures for each task that requires a worker to work at a height greater than three metres. These procedures should take into account what is needed to protect the worker from a fall. Workers need to know these procedures and review them before starting the task.
Guru Training Centres have training and other resources available to help you decrease hazards related to working from heights.
The working at heights training requirements apply to the employers of workers on construction projects who are required by O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects Regulation) to use any of the following methods of fall protection:
- travel restraint system
- fall restricting system
- fall arrest system
- safety net
- work belt or
- safety belt
Upon completion, your employees will be able to:
Safely work at heights (need more info)
This certification is for any construction workers that are working at heights over 3 metres.