Working at Heights

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How do you know if your workplace is compliant?

If you or your personnel need to work at heights as part of your regular duties, you need to ensure that your premises are safe and compliant. This includes requirements to: Ensure any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction Provide safe means to access and exit a workplace Minimise the risk of falls by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system The design and installation of fall protecti...
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At what height do you need fall protection system?

As stated in OSH Regulations, if any personnel or contractors are at risk of falling 2 metres or more from a flat edge such as scaffold, stair, landing and etc, then you will need “edge protection” in place. However, if the personnel are working apart from a flat edge such as roof, roof truss and ladder, then only 3 metres and above is required edge protection. Handrails and scaffold are commonly installed across roof areas as an edge protection. However, these may not be feasible to imple...
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What role do you have for workplace safety?

Under the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS), all business, whether large corporates, sole traders or self-employed are classed as PCBU and have the primary duty of care to ensure worker health and safety in the workplace at all times. PCBU A PCBU (Person Conducting Business or Undertaking) such as company director or OHS officer has the primary responsibility to ensure that employees or contactors working at heights are not exposed to health and safety risks. ...
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Safety First, No Matter What

Safety First, No Matter What Working at heights remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and serious injuries in Australia. On average 26 workplace deaths and almost 8,000 injured every year in Australia due to fall from heights. Common cases include falls from roofs due to unprotected edges or through fragile surfaces. Regardless of the project type or budget you work on, a work health and safety strategy must be planned and developed to ensure the work can be carried out safely a...