Course details and objectives


85. Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling and the surface to which he or she might fall is more than three metres below the position where he or she is situated,

(a) the worker shall wear a serviceable safety belt or harness and lifeline that is adequately secured to a fixed support and so arranged that the worker cannot fall freely for a vertical distance of more than 1.5 metres; and

(b) the fall arrest system described in clause (a) shall,

(i) have sufficient capacity to absorb twice the energy and twice the load that under the circumstances of its use may be transmitted to it, and

(ii) be equipped with a shock absorber or other devices to limit the maximum arresting force to 8.0 kilonewtons to the worker. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s. 85; O. Reg. 420/10, s. 14.


Who needs this training?
This course is for workers who work in an industrial environment and are regulated by the 851 industrial regulations.


Since 2006 40% of workers’ death in construction was caused by falls and 60% of these workers were not using any or poor fall protection equipment when it happened. WSIB claims that one in every five lost time injuries are the result of a fall and that most falls are preventable. This course is a legal obligation for anyone working at heights of more than 3 meters above ground level. LaborTek Safety Training has built its course around the provisions of the Occupational Health & Safety Act of Ontario.


Course outline:

1. Understand the legal responsibilities of employers, workers, and supervisors.

2. Identify the proper equipment and the right procedures for protection against falls.

3. Apply fall prevention practices when using ladders, scaffolds, covers, guardrails etc.

4. Identify equipment hazards, and perform maintenance and inspection of equipment.


Duration: 4 hours
Language options: English and French.