Part 14 - Fall Protection of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation applies to every workplace in which there is a risk of a worker falling a vertical distance of three metres or more, or more or less than three metres in situations where there is an increased risk of injury due to the surface or item on which the worker might land.
As referenced in Part 14 of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Regulations, an employer must develop and implement safe work procedures (SWPs) to prevent falls in the workplace. The employer must also train workers in those SWPs and enforce compliance.
The SWPs must identify fall hazards at the workplace and set out measures that will be used to prevent falls at the workplace. When SWPs require the use of a guardrail system or fall protection system at a workplace, the SWPs must address the following issues:
- the location of each guardrail system or fall protection system to be used at the workplace
- procedures to assemble, maintain, inspect, use and disassemble the fall protection system
- where applicable, procedures to be used for rescuing a worker after a fall has been arrested.
When the use of a guardrail system is not possible or would not be effective, an employer must ensure that the worker is protected by at least one of the following fall protection systems:
- a travel restraint system
- a fall arrest system
- a safety net
- another fall protection system approved by the director of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Branch.
An employer must also ensure that fall protection systems are:
- designed, installed, tested, used and maintained in accordance with the applicable requirements and by the standards outlined in Part 14.7(1) of the WSH Regulations
- designed and certified as safe by a professional engineer and installed, tested, used and maintained in accordance with the specifications certified by the professional engineer.
An employer must ensure that the equipment used as part of a fall protection system is:
- inspected before use on each work shift by the worker who will be using the fall protection system or a competent person other than the worker using the system
- kept free from any substance or condition that could cause deterioration to the equipment
- maintained in good working order and in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.
When a component of a fall protection system is defective in condition or function, an employer must not use it and must immediately remove it from service, and return it to the manufacturer to be repaired, replaced or destroyed.
For additional information, see Part 14 - Fall Protection in the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulations.
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