The BCFSC introduced an Industry Training Program for new fallers in July 2014. This model allows industry to select and train new faller trainees on the worksite for the required initial 30 day training program.
If your company is interested in the Industry Training Program, please review the Industry Training Information and Application Package to determine if this program is appropriate for you.
The Industry Training program is a BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) program designed for Industry to train hand fallers at the worksite. As an approved administrator of the BC Faller Training Standard (BCFTS), the BCFSC is authorized to enter into an agreement with a qualified Industry Partner to deliver the BCFTS.
All Industry Training Program partners must:
- Be SAFE Certified
- Carry, at a minimum, Comprehensive General Liability insurance in an amount of not less than $5,000,000.00 per occurrence, or such greater amount as may be required by the BCFSC. The BCFSC must be named as an additional insured party
- Carry Forest Firefighting Insurance of not less than $1,000,000.00. The BCFSC must be named as an additional insured party
- Carry vehicle Third Party Liability Insurance of $5,000,000.00. The BCFSC must be named as an additional insured party
- Submit a Notice of Project to WorkSafeBC and provide a copy to the BCFSC
- Submit a Notice of Faller Training to the BCFSC for approval, prior to training starting (e.g. trainee information, training field sites, dates of training, trainer information, certified falling supervisor information, etc)
- Train only one new faller in the field at a time per QFT or QST
- Engage the trainee as an employee for the entire duration of the minimum of 30 day one-on-one training program
- Ensure the BCFSC has current personal contact information for the trainee;
- Use only BCFSC approved QFTs or QSTs
- Ensure the QFT or QST is scheduled on the same work days as the trainee, or have a documented process in place to delegate the training to another approved QFT or QST
- If training is delegated to another QFT or QST, the BCFSC must be notified in writing to ensure the QFT or QST is qualified;
- Agree to pay the BCFSC for course materials as per Schedule B, as applicable;
- Submits all required paperwork to the BCFSC prior to the commencement of training, including (but not limited to) prime contractor signoff, Notice of Faller Training, WorkSafeBC Notice of Project and Block Map with latitude and longitude coordinates
- Agree to BCFSC quality assurance as required at the Industry Partner’s site
- Understand that it is the company’s responsibility to notify the BCFSC immediately of any WorkSafeBC reportable incidents at the Industry Partner’s worksite
- Submit a copy of completed training binder to the BCFSC within 15 days of training completion
- Understand that a BCFSC Falling Safety Advisor (QST) evaluator will conduct the 30 day equivalency evaluation and formal sign off
- Ensure that a Certified Falling Supervisor (CFS) is overseeing the site and the training activities, the 30 day competency assessment and the formal sign off
- Provide an ETV with the following equipment: spine board, basket, level 3 kit and oxygen.