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.
If your workers face fall hazards, youre required to provide them with fall-protection training. Register them for IHSAs new program Working at Heights Fundamentals of Fall Prevention. We also offer a Working at Heights Instructor Workshop.
Safety Awareness Seminars for Low-rise Residential Roofing
Residential roofing is one of the most hazardous occupations in Ontario. For roofers, even a small slip can have disastrous consequences. To raise awareness of the need for increased safety initiatives in the Low-rise Residential Roofing Sector, IHSA will be offering a series of seminars across the province. These seminars are available to IHSA members at no cost. For dates and locations, download the seminar brochure.
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
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.