Hazard Alert - Fall from Height

13th Jun 2016

Yellowknife, NT (June 13, 2016) – Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) release a Hazard Alert, advising Northerners to exercise caution and use proper fall protection when working at heights.


Last week, a worker fell from a second level floor opening at a construction site in Yellowknife. The worker was not using fall protection and fell over 3 metres, striking their head and shoulder on a concrete pad below. The worker suffered a head injury.

All workers in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut who work at heights of 3 metres or more, without standard guardrails, must use CSA approved fall protection equipment.

The WSCC cautions Northerners to always ensure they use all proper personal protective equipment (PPE) that is necessary for the task they are performing, and that is in good working order.


Falls from heights are preventable. Employers and workers share the responsibility of ensuring their workplace remains a safe environment for all. For more information, refer to the attached Hazard Alert, and the WSCC Code of Practice on Fall Protection PPE.




Kim Walker

Manager, Communications

T: (867) 920-3846

TF: (800) 661-0792 ext. 3846