Each year in Canada, over 60,000 workers are injured due to falls. Falls can happen on the same level, such as slips and trips; or from a height including ladders, scaffolds, elevated work platforms, towers and roofs.
In most cases, falls can be prevented by:
- Understanding how fall incidents happen
- Identifying high risk areas
- Eliminating or minimizing fall hazards
- Completing certification training
- Wearing appropriate fall protection equipment
Whenever there are fall hazards, a fall plan should be developed to ensure that all workers are aware of the hazards and appropriate controls are in place.
Knowing how to properly use fall protection equipment is critical for the safety of workers who work at height. Anyone who uses fall protection equipment in Newfoundland and Labrador is required to complete a WorkplaceNL fall protection training course.