We know that working at heights is hazardous. Falling from a height (no matter how big or small) can lead to serious injury, chronic pain and worst case scenario – death. The falls statistics in NSW highlight how important falls risk assessment and hazard reduction strategies are.
That’s why there are codes of practice in place to prevent falls at work.
It is interesting to note that most falls happen from heights of 4 metres (or less). Common hazards include roof edges, inferior roof sheeting, scaffolding, ladders and falling from trucks.
The most at risk industries include:
So, how do employers and employees work together to minimise risk?
It goes without saying that the best option is to remove the problem or risk completely. For example, look for alternatives to working at heights and work on the ground if you are able to.
If you do need to work at height – use a fall prevention device. Examples of these include:
If a fall prevention device cannot be used, work-positioning systems and fall-arrest systems are the next best alternatives.