Summary: The 2017 Working at Heights Construction Training Requirements

In case you haven’t heard, all construction workers who work at heights must take a Ministry of Labour-approved working at heights training course before the deadline of April 1st, 2017. The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts. The requirement allowed a two-year transition period for workers who, prior to April 1 2015, met the fall protection training requirements in subsection 26.2(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation.

Many are questioning the reasoning for the MOL specifically targeting this industry and this safety hazard – let’s explore it further. 

Why is Working at Heights Training being regulated in the Construction Sector?

In 2014, 3408 falls from heights were reported, making falls from heights the number one cause of injury or fatality on construction sites. As a result, the Ministry of Labour decided to take a hard line when it comes to training, and introduce a regulated training standard.

By regulating working at heights in the construction sector, the Ministry of Labour aspires to reduce the number of fall-related fatalities and injuries. A collaborative action plan was developed in an effort to prevent falls. The key initiatives of the action plan are:

  • Ministry of Labour-approved training standards
  • Ministry of Labour-approved training provider standards
  • The Stop Falls! marketing campaign
  • Inspection blitzes focused on fall hazards at constructions sites and roofing projects

With all the time and money the MOL is putting into this campaign, it is evident that this regulation has importance within the industry.

Why is the Working at Heights Training Regulation Important?

Working at Heights training is part of a sound health and safety program. The training regulation is important because it aims to drastically reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on construction work sites, which benefits everyone.

Future Trends of Working at Heights Construction Initiatives

The Ministry of Labour will continue to focus on ways to reduce fall injuries and fatalities in the construction sector. They will conduct blitzes, issue orders, and continue to regulate training as a measure of prevention.

Conclusion

The Ministry of Labour was generous in allowing ample time for all employers in the construction industry, who conduct work at heights, to ensure that all workers receive approved working at heights training. As previously mentioned, the deadline for completion is April 1st, 2017.

For more information, or to book your working at heights training call and talk to one of our health and safety experts today by dialling 800.815-8890 or learn more about our Working at Heights Construction training course today.

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