This describes the individual I discovered working alone on roof trusses this week during my regular job site visits. Here he was working more than 25 feet up without any safety equipment.
Ontario legislation states everyone working at heights of 10 feet (3 metres) or more is required to wear Fall Protection Equipment. This equipment includes: fully body harness, lanyard, rope grab, lifeline and anchor point. These items all have to be connected and installed correctly, as required by regulations and which CARAHS demonstrates at their Fall Protection Awareness courses.
The dangers this individual faced were immense had he fallen. Who would help him if he became injured, trapped or knocked unconscious? Would someone see it happen? How could he reach someone for help? That’s assuming he was not killed by the fall.
How about the company who hired him? Let’s assume he fell and was seriously injured or died because of his injuries. This company would then face investigation by the Ministry of Labour and can they prove due diligence in order to protect themselves from prosecution for failing to protect that worker?
Do you know your responsibilities? If not, maybe its time you found out. Remember you are responsible for the safety of every person who steps on to your job site!
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