Inspectors are taking a zero tolerance approach to violations of the legal requirements for working at heights training, according to the Ministry of Labour (MOL).
To help employers comply and ensuring access to this life-saving training for workers, the Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) continues to add training opportunities, including in the Niagara Peninsula, to the winter 2015/16 community-based schedule. Niagara is scheduled for January 21, 2016. There is also still space for upcoming opportunities in Toronto this December (see link below for all locations and dates).
“Since day one we made a commitment to ensuring construction workers get the training they need, when they need it
,” says Dave Killham, executive director, WHSC. “We understand lives and livelihoods are in the balance.”
Falls from heights are the leading cause of traumatic worker deaths and critical injuries in construction
. According to the MOL, 14 workers were killed here in Ontario as a result of falls from height in 2014.
As of April 1, 2015, a new requirement for minimum work at heights training came into force. Employers are required to ensure untrained or inadequately trained construction workers complete a MOL-approved working at heights training
program before they work at heights and use fall protection equipment and systems.
The WHSC was one of the first organizations to gain MOL approval.
We continue to be a leading provider of working at heights training with more than 20,000 registrant bookings to date.
The WHSC comprehensive one-day Working at Heights
designed to ensure critical learning is achieved,
delivered by experienced instructors from the trades, and
backed by complete training records and replacement cards when needed.
In addition to our community-based working at heights training offerings, the WHSC can also work with construction sector unions and employers to bring training directly to you
Need Working at Heights training? Register today for scheduled community-based training.
Or call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a WHSC training service representative to discuss bringing training to your work site or facility.
Need more information? Be sure to check out our online working at height information resources.