Fall Protection Training 

Duration: 4 – 6 Hours
Location: At your workplace.

What is fall protection and why is it important?

Fall protection is a system of safety measures and equipment designed to prevent workers from falling from heights and protect them from fall hazards and injuries. It is important because falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. By implementing fall protection measures, employers can create a safe working environment and reduce the risk of accidents. This protects employees’ well-being and helps companies avoid costly lawsuits, fines, and reputational damage. Fall protection systems may include guardrails, safety harnesses, safety nets, and training programs to ensure that workers are aware of the fall hazards associated with working at heights and how to use the equipment provided properly. In addition, handrails can also be used as a protective barrier around an opening or edge to prevent a fall to a lower level. Guardrails are the preferred method of fall protection in construction as they protect all workers in the area without relying on individual workers to remember to tie off. This is important as it ensures the safety of all workers and reduces the risk of accidents. Fall protection is crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of workers in various industries where working at heights is common

In B.C, 20% of all lost time injuries are due to falls!

Fall protection is an essential aspect of workplace safety, especially in industries where workers risk falling from heights. Fall arrest systems and fall restraint systems, which stop a worker’s fall before the worker hits the surface below or stop them from falling, are a common form of fall protection that helps protect workers working from heights. These systems include a lanyard or lifeline, a harness, and an anchor. However, it’s important to note that these measures should only be used as a last resort, as there may be other ways to prevent falls from occurring. In addition to these measures, there may also be specific legal requirements around the use of equipment like ladders and scaffolding to ensure proper fall protection measures are in place due to the risk of injury associated from falling from heights or onto rough or uneven surfaces. Occupational health and safety laws generally require action when a worker has the potential to fall about 3 metres (10 ft).

Safety training in fall protection is required by law and must be provided to all workers by federal and provincial regulations. Clockwork Training’s Fall Protection course is designed to meet these regulations and ensure workplaces across Canada are in compliance. Employers must prioritize safety training and invest resources into ensuring their workers are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent falls and minimize injuries on the job. This includes providing workers with adequate fall protection equipment and ensuring that everyone in the workplace knows how to use fall protection equipment properly.

Course Outline & Content

It’s well known that training has been and will continue to be a focus in all industries. Our one-day fall protection course covers what workers need to know about fall arrest systems, travel restraint systems, and the importance of personal protective equipment, including personal fall arrest systems and safety equipment. Falls are an occupational health hazard, but risks associated with falls can be minimized with the use of proper personal protective equipment, such as travel restraint systems, fall arrest systems, and other equipment when applicable, such as safety nets around the work area, guard rails on any unguarded edges, and work positioning systems at the work site.

This one-day end-user program (based on Part 11 of BC regulations & CSA Z259 & Z359 standards) involves in-depth theory training and hands-on exercises perfect for anyone at any skill level.

Throughout the program, trainees will handle various examples of the most up-to-date gear on the market. All trainees will complete a series of equipment inspections and system analyses, successfully fit in a full-body harness as well and solve fall protection-based scenarios.

Upon theory completion, participants will take part in a knowledge review test consisting of multiple choice, true/false and essay-type questions. These tests are graded, returned to the trainees, and then reviewed to ensure proper retention. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass.

NOTE: Anyone with known difficulties in English/written-based exams must be accompanied by an interpreter or consult us about any difficulties that may arise.

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:
  • Hazard identification

  • Regulations

  • CSA standards

  • Company / Workplace Policies

  • Arrest vs Restraint

  • Fall safety systems and planning

  • Shared and personal systems

  • Anchor points

  • Connectors

  • Harness’s

  • Descent/Rescue – overview

  • Equipment care & mainenance

  • Hands-on workshop

  • System evaluation

COURSE MATERIAL PROVIDED:
  • Workbook

  • Supplementary Handouts

  • Wallet Card Certification (upon successful completion)

IMPORTANT NOTICES:

The program takes part in a classroom for theory learning, but participation in the field is vital to successful completion. Participants are required to bring all site-required PPE including :

  • Steel toed work boots
  • High visibility vest
  • Hard hat (if required)
  • Any other PPE required by the workplace
  • Harnesses are provided but if participants are more comfortable using / bringing
  • Lifelines are an important component of a fall protection system. They are used to protect workers who may be working at heights from falling by providing a secure attachment point.
  • A lifeline is essentially a length of rope of their own, they are encouraged to do so.

NOTE: Because previous training is hard to judge from one training company to another, re-certification courses will only be made available to individuals able to present proof of previous training from Clockwork Safety & Equipment Training or another widely credible source. In-house training at a previous employer will NOT suffice.

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