Working at Heights

Falls are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces. Fall hazards are found in many workplaces where work is carried out at height, for example stacking shelves, working on a roof, unloading a large truck or accessing silos. Falls can occur at ground level into holes, for example trenches or service pits.

In order to manage risk under the WHS Regulations, a duty holder must:

  • Identify reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to the risk
  • Eliminate the risk so far as is reasonably practicable. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk – minimise the risk so far as it is reasonably practicable by implementing control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control
  • Maintain the implemented control measure so that it remains effective
  • Review, and if necessary revise risk control measures so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health and safety.

Working at Heights

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