Working at Heights
Falls are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces. Working above ground level, be it in construction, refurbishment or maintenance, brings with it a level of risk, and a fall from any height can have a serious consequences.
When you risk a fall of 3 metres or more, regulations require that suitable fall prevention is available and used. Over 50% of all falls from a height of 2 metres or more result in death or serious injury. This continues to be an area of concern as it is now the third highest mechanism of incident for work-related fatalities in Western Australia and accounts for 18.4% of total traumatic work-related fatalities.
Within the regulatory framework is the assertion that the duty holder should, firstly, avoid the need to work at heights where possible. Where they cannot, they should use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls. Where the fall risk cannot be eliminated, measures should be taken to reduce the distance and consequence of any fall.
Skills in the height safety industry are varied and in some cases, companies with scant or limited knowledge are putting workers, decision makers and custodians at risk.
When it comes to working at height safety, it is essential that you only use a competent company to ensure the company you’re working with have the depth of knowledge needed and competence required to provide a safe and practical solution.