The deadline for the NEW Working At Heights (WAH) standard is fast approaching. As of April 1, 2017, all workers must have successfully completed the NEW MOL Working At Heights training.
Employers need to pay special attention. Not only is it mandatory for Working At Heights. But, several GTA General Contractors and Developers are requiring ALL personnel entering their job sites to have the NEW WAH training. This includes workers who may not even be working at heights, such as carpet installers.
Employers, Supervisors and sub-trades need to recognize that General Contractors are well within their rights to implement any safety requirements and/or standards on any job site. Failure to comply will mean you cannot do work on their project.
It is important for everyone to recognize that safety standards are increasing each year. The bar is being raised higher and higher. Why? Because many workers and employers still are not getting the message. In the last four weeks, 3 workers have been killed at job sites in Ontario and another worker seriously injured.
Safety must become the "new" culture. Not only for the safety and security of the workers and their families, but it simply makes good business "cents." Failure to comply can result in fines for workers, Supervisors and Employers. As well, compliance orders and stop work orders can amount to huge cost overruns. And, Employers and Supervisors can go to jail under C-45 of the Criminal Code.
Don't wait until it's too late. Be proactive. Think ahead. Be safe.
For A Safer Tomorrow