“YOU’RE FIRED!” Worker loses job after refusing to sign papers at Ontario Working at Heights training session
It's too bad, because the man was doing the right thing by taking the training before the March 31, 2017 deadline.
February 3, 2017 by Alec Caldwell
It’s clear that Ontario isn’t messing around when it comes to requiring construction workers to take the new Working at Heights training.
And neither are the big employers.
I learned this week of a worker who was FIRED for refusing to sign the required “Notice of Collection & Consent to Disclose Personal Information” document at a Working at Heights course. Within 30 minutes of his refusal, he was fired by his employer.
Apparently, different options were given to the man – but he continued to refuse to sign the paperwork and… he’s unemployed now.
This individual had, my sources tell me, recently arrived from Alberta and was taking the course to make him legal in this province. So why would he do that to himself?
The collection of personal information on this form is required under section 7.5 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and it is in compliance with the freedom of information and protection of privacy Act S. 38(2). One option this worker had, as stated on the form in front of him, was to call the Ministry of Labour directly and ask questions about how his information would be used.
That sad case aside, the deadline for everyone else who needs to get this certification is March 31, 2017.
You probably DO need it, if you work on the tools in this industry!
This is NOT just a course for people who go a long way up ladders!
Just venturing onto a typical construction site at ground level, you could be exposed to fall hazards from openings in the floor that are unsecured. If the fall you would face is over 3 metres, THAT is considered “Working at Heights.”
We at CARAHS are Ontario Ministry of Labour approved trainers (Pro #34609). All our classes were sold out in January and February looks like it’s heading the same way. So don’t delay, call us now to book your spot. Read what some attendees said about our course. CARAHS can arrange large classes and we will look after you as an individual, as well.
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Alec CaldwellAlec Caldwell is the Founder of CARAHS, a Health & Safety Organization. We are approved providers by the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) to teach Working at Heights Training (Pro#34609) Visit the Ministry of Labour's web site to view our listing
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