Falls are a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. The vast majority of these accidents are falls from heights—even though the height may be no more than two or three metres. Most of these injuries and deaths have happened because fall protection was either missing or not used.
In Ontario, employers are required to provide workers with fall-protection training if the workers will be exposed to fall hazards. The links below contain helpful information about fall protection training, and ways to prevent fall accidents and fatalities.
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.
New training requirements for working at heights
The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced changes to Regulation 297/13: Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training that will come into effect on April 1, 2015. As of that date, workers on construction sites will need to complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer before they can work at heights. For more information, download our communiqué.
Update on Working at Heights Training in Ontario
This presentation, which is also available to download from our homepage, provides detailed information on the current status of working at heights training requirements and clarification on employer training obligations. It was updated in December 2014.
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.
If your workers face fall hazards, you’re required to provide them with fall-protection training. Register them for IHSA’s new program Working at Heights – Fundamentals of Fall Prevention. We also offer a Working at Heights Instructor Workshop.
Visit our Slips, Trips, and Falls topic page. There you'll find other helpful resources.
Construction Health and Safety Manual
Articles and Documents
Research and Statistics
- MOL Report – Statistical information on construction fatalities and critical injuries in 2007. Comparisons with data from 2001 to 2006. Analysis by worker age and construction sector.
- Guardrail Report – Research Document
- Fall Protection Guidelines: Masonry Scaffold Erection Procedures – Research Document
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 Response Plan
Fall Hazards in Construction and Inspectors’ Enforcement Tools
Learn about the enforcement tools an inspector can use when encountering a contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act or Regulations.
Safety on Swing Stages
A Ministry of Labour health and safety inspector explains what he looks for during a swing stage inspection.
Spot the Fall Hazards: Construction
This tool, created by the Ministry of Labour, presents some common hazards that could lead to falls at low-rise construction projects.