Construction

Working at heights remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries.

Common causes are falls from ladders, roof tops, during concrete forming duties and many other scenarios. "Work at height" means work in any place where, if there were no precautions are in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. Both a supervisor and workers must ensure that properly planned work is carried out safely. This year and those before Ontario construction workers have died or been terribly injured at work. Sadly these incidents were totally preventable. Ontario's NEW Working at Heights training standard will reduce this trend.

What are some Working at Heights safety issues for workers?

Construction workers face their own unique set of occupational hazards. These include the following:

  • Use of various machinery and tools.
  • Exposure to loud noise from machinery and tools may pose a hazard when working in dangerous environments.
  • Extreme temperatures and environments when working outdoors may present slip and fall risks when working at heights
  • Pressure to perform dangerous work quickly at the expense of respect for safety practices.

What are some preventive measures for carpenters?

  • Inspect work area, tools and personal protective equipment before work starts.
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices keeping work areas clear of clutter and equipment and promoting a healthy culture of safety.
  • Assess risks and use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and barriers / bump lines. Training, Awareness, vigilance.
  • Know how to recognize and report a hazard to your supervisor. Remember accidents are seldom unforeseeable or unpreventable.

  • " By the time the training day was over I felt that 'Wow this guy has a passion about what he is teaching us.' He really know his stuff. I was more than impressed by what I learned. I've had a ladder kick out from under me, so I know how serious this could be from a roof top or any thing from a distance. Thank you for giving me a whole new (and better) respect for the gravitational pull of the planet. "

    5 Stars
    D. R.

  • " We utilized Ontario-Safety, to certify our instructors on the New "working @ Heights" standard, The Instructor (Les) was highly skilled and offered exceptional detail and hands on experiences throughout both the theory and practical components of the course. Well Done!! "

    4 Stars
    J. H.

  • " The course highlights the need to be careful and has high standards, "

    4 Stars
    D.C.

  • " Les K is an excellent facilitator. clear and concise. Great Job! "

    5 Stars
    H.I.J.

  • " Our instructor made the group feel at ease and held our attention with interesting course materials and hands on exercises. A great day! "

    5 Stars
    K.T.

  • " The teacher passed on valuable skills for my workplace environment in an easy to understand manner. "

    5 Stars
    K.G.