Falling from heights continues to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. Despite having standardized working at heights (WAH) training and making this training mandatory, workers are still dying. In fact, three Ontario workers succumbed to fall-related injuries in January.*
Incidents such as these show that WAH training is only the first step. Knowing the specific fall hazards on the site and putting controls in place to prevent these hazards is the key to staying safe and decreasing the number of fall-related injuries. This requires site-specific training and written proof that it has been done.
(OSIP.ca members can read the full article from IHSA.ca Magazine in the members’ area, or by visiting the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association [IHSA] website. All information in this post is courtesy of IHSA.)