Special to the GTA Construction Report
Ontario’s new workplace fall prevention standards for workers at heights is being taken seriously by the Carpenters Local 27 Training Centre in Woodbridge.
The training centre has developed a day-long course for members to meet the new legislation. Workers are being taught fall prevention in many scenarios on a construction site.
Falls are the most common cause of accidents in the industry.
The 7.5-hour-long Working at Heights course covers proper inspection and
application of equipment such as harnesses (fitted and universal types), rope grabs on a life line and sliding beam anchors for tying off to I-beams at heights.
Proper installation of warning barriers (guardrails) and correct procedures for retractable lifelines when climbing extension ladders are also taught.
Cristina Selva, executive director of the training centre, says equally important is instruction in rescue plans and preventive measures for workers suspended in trauma situations.
The course is delivered weekly at the training centre.