At Desmarais Roofing, safety is number one. We take our responsibility to look after the welfare of all our workers and to maintain a safe job site very seriously. All of our workers are highly skilled, fully trained and equipped with the appropriate safety gear, tools and procedures to perform the work in a safe and efficient manner. We integrate safety into all our practices and meet or exceed the requirements for all municipal and provincial safety legislation and standards.
Working At Heights Training
Working at heights (WAH) in an unsafe manner is one of the leading causes of fatalities at Ontario workplaces. For that reason, the Ontario government introduced legislation in 2015 to prevent those incidents. Now, employers must ensure that workers on construction projects who need to use travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets, work belts or safety belts complete approved WAH training before they can work at heights. Workers who were trained under the previous legislation (Construction Projects Regulation) have until April 1, 2017 to meet the new requirements.
Working At Heights Regulatory Requirements
To meet the requirement, the training program must be approved by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and must be delivered by a training provider approved by the CPO. The training is valid for three years. To renew the validity of their training, workers must successfully complete a CPO-approved half day refresher training program using one of the listed fall protection methods.
Other Safety Regulations
In addition to WAH training, employers must comply with the Construction Project Regulation to ensure workers are adequately trained on the use of a fall protection system if they may use the system on the job. Employers also have a general duty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health and safety of the worker.
Job Safety Planning and Hazard Mitigation
Construction safety planning is the most effective way we have to identify potential hazards, develop procedures, and implement corrective actions that will prevent injuries. For all projects we complete a comprehensive job hazard analysis based on the specifics of the site where the crew will be working. Then, we provide detailed instructions to our workers before the start of their task. While projects are ongoing are we monitor the site for safety issues and adjust the plan as required.