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Alberta Fall Protection Plan: Who? What? When?

A fall protection plan is required if work is performed at a work site at which a fall of 3 meters or more may occur and guardrails do not protect workers. This plan must be must be in writing, and must be available for workers to review. Including Workers in the planning process allows for a worker to become engaged and places some owness on the workers.

the fall protection plan must specify the following information:

  • the fall hazards at the work site;
  • the fall protection system to be used at the work site;
  • the anchors to be used during the work;
  • that clearance distances below the work area, if applicable, have been confirmed as sufficient to prevent a worker from striking the ground or an object or level below the work area;
  • the procedures used to assemble, maintain, inspect, use and disassemble the fall protection system, where applicable; and
  • the rescue procedures to be used if a worker falls and is suspended by a personal fall arrest system or safety net and needs to be rescued.

A fall protection plan is required if a travel restraint system is being used. Rescue procedures are not necessary in this case since a worker will not fall and be left suspended in the air.

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Where a fall protection plan is not necessary

A fall protection plan is not necessary for:

  • permanent work areas equipped with guardrails, and
  • situations involving the use of a boom-supported elevating work platform or the use of a fork-mounted elevating work platform intended to support a worker. These situations leave no choice as to the means of fall protection, and the rescue of a worker on the platform is generally straightforward — the platform can simply be lowered

A unique fall protection plan need not be created for each work site. If an employer faces the same fall hazards at multiple work sites, and the fall protection equipment and rescue procedures are identical at each work site, then a single plan applicable to all the work sites is acceptable. Alternatively, an employer can create a single fall protection plan that covers all of the fall hazards likely to be encountered during normal operations. Only in the event of a unique work situation arising would a new or amended fall protection plan be required.

Workers affected by the fall protection plan must be trained in all its elements and the plan must be made available to them.

See OHS Code Explanation Guide 2009 for more information as well as ensure that you are following the most up to date OHS Code, Regs, and Act.

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