Fall Protection certification
Falls from height are the leading cause of accidental death and injury on the job in Ontario. Ladders, roofs and scaffolds represent essential fall hazards, particularly in the construction industry. Safety Training Canada Fall Protection Course is designed to give workers means and knowledge to prevent and protect themselves from falls from height and reduce fall related injuries. Participants will be trained in selection and use of proper protection procedures and gear, inspection and maintenance of protective equipment.
With the basic knowledge and safety awareness that this type of training offers, we can reduce falls, injuries and deaths. Various fields of work would fall into this category some of which include Construction settings, Electrical contractors, Maintenance workers and some type of Installation Service Providers.
Operators of Aerialwork Platforms and Orderpicker Machines are also required to take the fall arrest training due to the fact that they will be working at great heights and should be aware of the dangers associated with the machines and the potential hazards of falling. They must know how to properly use safety devices such as tethers and harness they should also how to properly prevent falls and minimize fall hazards.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Reg. 851, section 85 states that; “Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling and the surface to which he or she might fall is more than three metres below the position where he or she is situated:
- the worker shall wear a serviceable safety belt or harness and lifeline adequately secured to a fixed support and so arranged that the worker cannot fall freely for a vertical distance of more than 1.5 metres; and
- the fall arresting system described in clause (a) shall,
- have sufficient capacity to absorb twice the energy and twice the load that under the circumstances of its use may be transmitted to it, and
- be equipped with a shock absorber or other devices to limit the maximum arresting force to 8.0 kilonewtons to the wearer.
The course includes the following topics:
- Identification of fall hazards
- Equipment selection
- Understanding of anchorage points
- Fall protection systems and components
- Basic energy dissipation principles
- Calculating fall clearances
- Rescue plan importance
- Standards and regulations
- Body support selection and application
- Equipment inspection