Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
of Safety
November 2023
Fall Protection

Some of the most serious workplace injuries are the result of falls from height. Often these are the result of a combination of factors—often workers not following safe work procedures and not using proper fall protection.

If a job involves tasks with a risk of falling from a height of 3 metres or more, fall protection is required. Fall protection is also required in scenarios where a worker could fall less than 3 metres but land on something other than a flat surface. If the fall hazard is greater than 7.5 metres, you are also required to implement a fall protection plan.

A fall protection plan should include:

  • Documented identification of all tasks performed at heights
  • Hazard identification/risk assessment
  • Adequate safe work procedures for working at heights
  • Documented fall protection plans, as required
  • Training and supervision of all workers and contractors who perform work at heights

In BC, the OHS Regulation Part 11 governs employer and worker responsibilities for Fall Protection.

Basic Training
Available by e-Learning
Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are a leading cause of lost time claims and have a significant impact on workers and employers. In this course, learn how to minimize incidents due to slips, trips, and falls.
Fall Protection Resources and Tools
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Toolbox Talk
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Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are a leading cause of lost time claims and can result in serious injury. In this New Basics session, learn best practices to reduce the risk of slips and fall-related injuries.
Watch on Demand
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