Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Working At Heights Safety Campaign

Every day on PEI, people work at heights as part of their regular job duties. But no one expects to get hurt at work. In 2019, a worker suffered life altering injuries as a result of being struck by a suspended truss and falling 5.5 meters (18 feet) from unguarded scaffolding to the concrete surface below. As a result of fines levied on this case a widespread education campaign is now underway to ensure proper precautions and legal obligations of employers regarding working from heights are taken, to prevent further accidents like this from happening again.

Falls from heights are a significant cause of serious workplace injuries on PEI. They can happen in a split-second and when efforts are not taken to follow the required safe work practices, serious injury or death can occur. Any person, working at a height of 3 meters or more, is required to have a fall protection system in place. This includes work on scaffolding, elevated work platforms, roofs or any other place that presents a fall hazard.

WCB Occupational Health and Safety Officers are visiting PEI workplaces to assist employers and workers in understanding very serious legal obligations associated with working at heights.

When working at a height of 3 meters or more:

  • ensure a fall protection system is in place;
  • ensure a fall arrest system is worn and that it;
    • is the right equipment for the task;
    • fits the worker properly; and
    • is inspected and in good condition
  • ensure workers are competent and have received training in the use of fall protection by a competent person.
  • ensure a written fall protection plan is developed in accordance with Section 3(11) of the Fall Protection Regulations

This package of safety resources includes information to assist employers and workers in understanding their legal obligations so that every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure safety when working at heights

The WCB Guide to OHS Legislation app conveniently provides free safety resources on your mobile device. To download, visit the Google Play or Apple App Store.

For more information, or if you have any questions related to this information, please contact the WCB Occupational Health and Safety Division by email at ohs@wcb.pe.ca or by phone at 1-800-237-5049.

When a worker gets hurt, it impacts the entire community. Every workplace accident has a ripple effect, which touches families, friends and coworkers. So be safe up there, for the ones down here.


Resources

Working at Heights Campaign-Guide to Workplace Safety for Roof Truss Installation      Working at Heights Campaign-Scaffolding Safety Talk      Working at Heights Campaign-Scissor Lift Hazard Alert
Truss Guide
    
Scaffolding
Safety Talk
    
Scissor Lift
Hazard Alert

Posters

Working At Heights Campaign-Harness Safety Poster
    
Working At Heights Campaign-Ladder Safety Poster
    
Working At Heights Campaign-Scissor Lift Poster
Harness Safety
    
Ladder Safety
    
Scissor Lift Safety

  

  



Audio

Harness Safety
Ladder Safety
Scissor Lift