Daily Inspection and Maintenance Required for Overhead Cranes

When using an overhead crane for material handling applications, having a preventative maintenance program in place is IMPERATIVE. This maintenance program should be centered on crane manufacturers recommendations, and based on an effective and thorough safety and inspection program that is conducted on a regular basis.

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Working at Heights Training Deadline – NOW EXTENDED to October 1, 2017

In Ontario, ALL workers who use fall protection on a construction project MUST complete an approved working at heights program by October 1, 2017. This includes workers who met the fall protection training requirements of the Construction Projects Regulation prior to April 1, 2015.

ATTENTION – Working at Heights Training Deadline Has now Been Extended to – October 1, 2017

In Ontario, ALL workers who use fall protection on a construction project MUST complete an approved working at heights program by October 1,2017. Training must be conducted when workers are exposed to a fall hazard as defined by Section 26.2 of O.Reg. 213/91 – Construction Projects.  This includes workers who met the fall protection training requirements of the Construction Projects Regulation prior to April 1, 2015.

As of April 1, 2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete a working at heights training program that has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) and delivered by a CPO approved training provider before they can work at heights.  For a list of approved training providers that have been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer as meeting the working at heights training program and provider standards click HERE.

The training requirement is for workers on construction projects who use any of the following methods of fall protection: travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts.

Workers who have already received training that meets section 26.2 of the Construction regulation (213/91) had two years to complete a working a heights training program. This two-year transition period began in April 1, 2015 and the deadline of October 1,2017 is quickly approaching.

This training requirement is in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation, and is in addition to training requirements under the Construction Regulation. To review the Construction projects, click HERE.

What Does a Working at Heights Training Program Entail?

  • The Program Standard requires that a working at heights course include two modules: basic theory and practical.
    • Basic Theory Module must be at least 3 hours in duration.
    • Practical Module must be at least 3.5 hours in duration.
  • Written test – 75% passing grade
  • Hands-on test – a satisfactory demonstration
  • Training will be valid for a period of 3 years.
  • After completing both modules, the employer must supplement the training program with additional information, instruction, and training on workplace-specific policies, procedures, hazards, and equipment related to working at heights.

How Does This Affect YOU?

Do your employees all have fall adequate fall protection training?

Does your employer enforce having fall protection training?

Does the company working on your construction project enforce having fall protection training?

Data for this blog post was found here:

https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/topics/heights.php

 

Why Being Pro-Active is the Best Way to Deal With MOL Blitzes

Ensure that you are prepared for a MOL Blitz or MOL Inspection with these tips. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has recently hired hundreds of new inspectors making it more important than ever to ensure that you are complying with the law.

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The Benefits of Implementing an Ergonomic Solution

Whether you are looking into implementing an ergonomic solution in order to move rolls, barrels or another item; there are a vast variety of different benefits that you can gain by implementing an ergonomic solution.

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Air Balancers

How to properly use them and why & how to inspect them.

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Electric Hoists: Durability, Longevity & Maintenance

Why do people Use Electric Hoists? How can you maintain and ensure the longevity of your electric hoist? Should I have my electric Hoist Inspected?

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OSHA Fines Set To Increase

In Ontario, we have OHSA, Occupational Health and Safety Association, they set out minimum health and safety standards to protect workers against hazards on the job. If those standards aren’t upheld, there are stiff financial penalties to pay.

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Related: Fall Protection Legislation & Projects That Meet OSHA Regulations

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