Today, we going to take a look at the 7 people who need Working at Heights (WAH) Training.

ACUTE has over 100 years of combined experience with in-house or on-site worker environmental and safety training. We want to help you keep your workers safe.

We’ll outline the different types of workers who need to get Working at Heights training as well as answering the most often asked questions surrounding this training. So, let’s get started.

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7 People Who Need Working at Heights Training

The following list includes the various types of people who will benefit from taking Working at Heights training:

  1. Construction Workers
  2. Industrial Establishments
  3. Mining Operations
  4. Health Care Workers
  5. Residential Facilities Sectors
  6. Manufacturing
  7. Other Workplaces Where Workers Need to Perform Duties at Heights

#1 Construction Workers: Working at Heights Training Is Mandatory

Working at Heights training is mandatory for any construction project worker in Ontario, who uses any of the following methods of fall equipment:

  • A travel restraint system
  • A fall restricting system
  • A fall arrest system
  • A safety net
  • A work belt
  • A safety belt

Before any worker can even begin to work at an elevated height, they must complete the proper Working at Heights training.

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WAH training is mandatory for construction workers who use fall protection equipment

If your workplace is taking part in any of the following projects, you will need to make sure that all of your workers have taken a Working at Heights training course.  Make sure that the training provider you use has been approved by the Ministry of Labour.

  • Moving a building or structure
  • Installing machinery
  • Constructing a building, bridge, structure, industrial establishment, mining plant, shaft, tunnel, caisson, trench, excavation, highway, railway, street, runway, parking lot, cofferdam, conduit, sewer, watermain, service connection, telephone or electrical cable, pipeline, duct or well, or any combination thereof

Outsourced Construction:

If you as a project manager has outsourced any of your construction work, then you also have to ensure that your sub-contractors also have completed the appropriate, ministry-approved WAH training. This is because the Ministry views you, as the project owner, as your contractor’s employer.

WAH training is mandatory for construction workers who use fall protection equipment

#2, #3, #4, #5, #6 & #7 Non-Construction Workers: Working at Heights Training Will Help Keep You Safe

If you fall into one of the following sectors then Working at Heights training isn’t legislated by the government, however, it is highly recommended as it will keep you safe on the job:

  • Industrial Establishments
  • Mining Operations
  • Health Care Workers
  • Residential Facilities Sectors
  • Manufacturing
  • Other Workplaces Where Workers Need to Perform Duties at Heights

Even though WAH training is not mandatory, it is a good idea. If your workers have to work at higher elevations and they need to wear fall protection equipment, then having them take a Working at Heights training course will help them stay safe.

WAH Alternative Course for Non-Construction Workers

Specific Working at Heights training is geared towards working on construction projects. If you are not working on a construction project you might prefer taking a shorter, more general course such as ACUTE’s Fall Prevention training.

ACUTE can modify this training to specifically address the particular needs for your workplace or industry sector and we can manufacture specific equipment that you use in your workplace to make the training even more beneficial.

Employers, supervisors, and workers who are required to work at elevated heights in their workplace will find this training invaluable. It is a 4 hour course that can either be taken at your establishment or if you prefer you can complete it in our state-of-the-art, spacious training room.

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The Purpose of Working at Heights Training

The purpose for taking WAH is to:

  • Help you strengthen your workplace safety culture by understanding the importance of preventing falls from heights
  • Give you an adequate knowledge about fall hazards and general safety practices that will enable you to work safely at heights
  • Provide you with sufficient knowledge about the purpose and use of fall protection equipment
  • Reduce the number of incidents, injuries, and fatalities caused from falls from heights

Your WAH training will consist of a theory module, hands-on practical training, a written evaluation, and a performance evaluation. The course can be completed in one day and it lasts for 8 hours.

A good WAH training course, such as the one provided by ACUTE, will elements such as:

  • Working at Heights legislation
  • Working at Heights hazards
  • Fall prevention systems and strategies
  • Ladder safety
  • A-B-C component selection, inspection, and use
  • Harness inspection
  • Travel restraint, fall arrest set-up exercise & evaluation
  • Rescue plan – components and purpose and more

You can see a complete list of the topics covered by ACUTE’s WAH training here.

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Working at Heights: Why Do You Need Training if You Work at a Height?

Working at Heights training is important to have if you work in a location where, if safety steps weren’t taken, you could fall a distance that could cause you personal injury. You should take Working at Heights training, if:

  • You work above the ground floor level
  • There is a possibility of you falling from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface
  • You might fall from ground level into a hole in the ground or an opening in the floor

Working at Heights includes falling from one level to a lower level. It doesn’t include if you slip and fall on the same level or if you fall while walking up or down a permanent staircase.

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Need Working at Heights Training? Trust ACUTE

ACUTE’s experienced team members have been serving safety professionals for over 20 years. You can trust ACUTE for hands-on, practical WAH training to keep your employees safe in the workplace. ACUTE is dedicated to workplace safety and understands the importance of course and training provider approval. Why get workplace safety training with ACUTE? Here are just some of the benefits of working with ACUTE.

  • Open Door Instructor-Student Partnership – ACUTE’s training services emphasize client participation. Staff foster relationships with clients and serve as a touchstone for advice anytime moving forward.
  • Serving Your Team and Industry – With a vast array of clients in manufacturing, construction, health, academic, and government sectors, ACUTE brings the best safety practices from across the spectrum to your workplace.
  • 100 Years Combined Experience – ACUTE provides comprehensive health and safety trainingon-site safety services, and consulting services. With over 100 years of combined experience, our company staff offer more than theoretical or abstract ideas.  ACUTE offers solutions.
  • Track Record of Success – ACUTE is rated 4.9/5 stars on Google reviews, demonstrating a commitment to our clients, quality, and passion for training.
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