ONTARIO PROTECTING THOSE WORKING AT HEIGHTS
Ontario’s government is working to keep those who work-at-heights safe. The government’s working-at-heights training program is preventing worker injuries and saving business up to $36 million in health, lost productivity and other costs, says a study by the Institute for Work and Health.
“Our mandatory training program is saving lives in Ontario,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour. “Our government’s goal is to improve health and safety and prevent injuries and deaths of workers when working at heights.”
Falls from heights are a leading cause of work injuries and deaths at construction projects in Ontario. Working-at-heights training program standards are mandatory for workers who use travel restraint, fall restricting, fall arrest, safety nets, work belts and other fall protection systems in the construction sector. As many as 20 per cent of learners are in other sectors. This training prevents many falls in the construction sector as well as in other sectors.