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