Fall Protection Training


This online Fall Protection training course covers the basic principles of fall protection, and it will train you on how to minimize fall risks in the workplace. The course uses Alberta’s legislation extensively as a reference since the province has some of the most stringent regulations in Canada. Other references used include ANSI, CEN and CSA standards.

According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), falls caused 51,880 injuries and 66 fatalities in 2018. The risk of falling is normally associated with working at height, but there are other situations where the hazard is present:

  • Working above machinery in operation
  • Working above water or other liquids
  • Working above a hazardous object or material
  • Working close to a floor opening

The responsibility for fall prevention is divided among employers, supervisors and workers. Employers must have a clear fall protection policy that meets local regulations, considering that these change by location. They must also provide adequate training for their staff, while ensuring that all necessary equipment and materials are available. Supervisors must ensure that fall prevention procedures are followed in workplaces, while verifying that equipment is used correctly. Finally, workers must follow the established procedures and use all the equipment needed, and inform supervisors of any fall hazards found.

Another important element of fall protection is rescue planning. Even when a fall is arrested successfully, the worker must be rescued while suspended in the air. The rescue must be completed as quickly as possible, since the worker may have injuries.

Canada has federal regulations that cover fall protection, and all 13 provinces and territories also have local legislation. However, only Ontario and Prince Edward Island have mandatory training requirements for working at height.

  • Training is necessary to prevent falls effectively, even when not required directly by local regulations.
  • Harnesses and other fall protection equipment are only effective when used properly, and human error can be minimized with training.
  • Trained workers can also spot mistakes done by others, and correct them before an accident happens.


When Is Fall Protection Equipment Required?

The fall protection requirements for companies change depending on the laws of each jurisdiction. However, prevention measures are normally required when workers are at risk of falling 3 meters or more. The following are some examples of these measures:

  • Handrails, guardrails and other fixed barriers
  • Covers and other types of surface opening protections
  • Warning barriers
  • Fall restraint systems
  • Fall containment systems, such as safety nets
  • Fall arrest systems

Depending on the location, regulations may also cover the use of ladders, scaffolding and similar equipment. Workers must continue to use personal protective equipment (PPE) normally, regardless of fall protection measures. There are also cases where additional PPE is needed for a specific activity.

To manage all these measures effectively, a fall protection plan is necessary. The plan must ensure that fall prevention measures are available at workplaces, in good condition, and being used properly. Any fall protection equipment must be inspected carefully before each use.


Module 1: Importance of Fall Protection

  • Statistics
  • Additional training
  • Overview of the Alberta OH&S Act, Regulation, and Code

Module 2: Fall Protection System Components

  • Full body harnesses
    • Classifications
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Donning and doffing a harness
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Engineered and non-engineered anchors
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Connecting components
    • Carabiners and snap hooks
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Life safety ropes
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Fall arresters
    • Types
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Horizontal lifelines
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Energy absorbers
    • Types
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Lanyards
    • Classes
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Self-retracting devices
    • Types
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions
Module 3: Fall Protection Systems

  • Types of falls
  • Personal and collective fall arrest systems
    • Hazards and cautions
    • Personnel safety net pre-use inspections, hazards, and cautions
  • Personal travel restraint systems
    • Hazards and cautions
    • Control zones
      • Pre-use inspections
      • Hazards and cautions
  • Work positioning systems
    • Hazards and cautions
  • Ladders
    • Types
    • Pre-use inspections
    • Hazards and cautions

Module 4: Fall Protection Calculations

  • Arresting force
  • Calculations
    • Free fall distance
    • Clearance required
      • Clearance required from a platform
      • Clearance required from an anchor
      • Clearance required from a D-ring
      • Clearance required with swing fall

Module 5: Fall Protection Planning and Procedures

  • Fall protection plans
    • Hazard control
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Rescue and escape planning
    • Emergency preparedness and response
    • Self-rescue hazards and cautions
    • Communication


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 3 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

Fall Protection Training