Preventing falls from heights in construction: a long-term evaluation of Ontario's working-at-heights training standard

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Lynda Robson
Institute for Work & Health

In 2015, the province of Ontario implemented a working-at-heights (WAH) training standard requiring most construction workers to take a specific day-long training in fall prevention. A 2019 study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health found the training had positive impact on construction workers' safety knowledge, work practices and injury rates. In this presentation, Dr. Lynda Robson shares new findings on the longer-term impact of the training.

Drawing on two additional years of data collection, Robson examines whether early post-training impacts continue to be seen. She also compares workers' compensation claims data in Ontario with those of other provinces for evidence of the standard's effectiveness. 

About presenter

Dr. Lynda Robson is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. Her research interests include using both quantitative and qualitative methods to study occupational health and safety (OHS) management, organizational change in OHS and the evaluation of prevention programs, especially OHS training programs.

About IWH Speaker Series

The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and beyond. For those unable to attend, the recorded webinar of most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are made available on its web page within a week of the event.