Fall protection systems are an important part of workplace safety training. Fall protection training is necessary so that employees understand the risks of injury that could happen when working at heights and covers aspects of using fall protection equipment, such as harnesses or ladders properly, to minimize or completely avoid accidents caused by heights.

Fall protection systems

Systems to help prevent fall hazards include:

  1. Travel-restrain systems
  2. Fall-restricted systems
  3. Fall-arrest systems

Travel-restrain systems keep workers from getting too close to an unprotected edge. These types of fall prevention systems stop people from falling by making sure people cannot get close to an edge.

Fall-restricted systems are a combination of a work positioning system such as a swing stage or a bosun’s chair and fall-restricting equipment such as rope grabs.

Fall-arrest systems are systems that keep you from making contact with the ground after you have fallen.

Fall protection equipment

Equipment needed for fall protection can include personal protective equipment, as well as having the skills and problem-solving abilities gained upon successful completion of this training program

Fall hazards and safety training

Fall prevention is the best form of fall protection. A fall protection training program will outline what is required to be included in fall protection plans in British Columbia.

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Fall protection systems in BC: What is required in British Columbia

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, B.C. Reg. 296/97

Part 11, Fall Protection, Section 11.2

“Employers must make sure the worker is instructed in the fall protection system and the procedures to follow before entering an area where there is a risk of falling. “

At Clockwork Training, our fall protection program ensures that trainees and employers understand the various kinds of fall protection systems and what system is necessary based on various factors such as drop distance and worker height that will need to be factored into fall protection planning on-site.

Training course content

Upson successful completion of the fall protection training course, trainees will learn both in a classroom setting for theory as well as hands-on exercises. During the course, trainees will be taught how to conduct equipment inspections, system analysis, and how to solve fall protection-based scenarios, including emergency response procedures.

The entire course includes:

This training program includes:

  • Hazard identification and how to avoid and prevent potential hazards in the workplace
  • Regulations concerning a proper fall protection plan
  • What the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standards are for fall prevention systems
  • Company/Workplace Policies
  • Arrest systems vs Restraint
  • Fall safety systems and planning
  • Shared and personal systems
  • Anchor points
  • Connectors and Harnesses
  • Descent and rescue overview
  • Equipment care and maintenance
  • System evaluation

Safe work procedures save lives

As an employer, it is your job to make sure your employees understand the risks that falls from a height on a work site can have and how to be a competent person on a job site.