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HSO Network Magazine • Volume 1 • Issue 1

Fall Prevention Resources


Health & Safety Ontario has a wealth of resources to help you eliminate falls-related hazards from any workplace, including hazard assessment, analysis, and control services.

A valuable part of a health and safety program is an effective method or system of identifying and controlling hazards in the workplace. In the case of falls, these hazards can include

  • faulty or poorly maintained equipment
  • lack of worker training or experience
  • poor housekeeping
  • little or no pre-job planning.

The Institute for Work & Health has created the Health & Safety Smart Planner, a software tool that can help you calculate the costs and benefits of workplace health and safety initiatives.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has compiled a series of tools to help companies determine the true cost of a workplace injury.

The Ministry of Labour on its own or in conjunction with other Ontario prevention system partners, offers these resources:

1.   New online, interactive “spot the hazard” tools that help users identify slip, trip and fall hazards in these settings:

  • construction
  • health care
  • kitchen
  • mining

2.   Free downloads

  • poster
  • safety tip card: Prevent Falls on Construction Projects (available in 11 languages)
  • fact sheets: Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls in all Workplaces; Prevent Falls on Construction Projects

3.   Videos:

  • Safety on Swing-Stage
  • Fall Hazard Safety in Low Rise Construction

4.   Guidelines:

5.   Alerts and advisories:

  • Class Frontal – Fixed Rail Ladder (FRL) Fall Protection System
  • Shepherd's Hook
  • Suspended Work Platform Safe Use, Maintenance & Inspection

Also check this out: Prevention of Slips, Trips and Falls, from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

  1. Fall Prevention Resources
  2. 2010 Falls Blitz Results
  3. Falling Incidents: Recent Court Prosecutions