New fines to protect NSW workers from falls – article

SafeWork NSW will have the power to issue penalty notices of up to $3600 to NSW workplaces if they fail to protect employees against falls from heights. In 2017, SafeWork NSW has attended 234 incidents involving falls from heights, including eight fatalities. Over half these incidents occurred in the construction industry. Workers compensation data shows […]

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PPE checks when working at heights

As a competent operator, you have a duty of care to look after yourself and everyone on the worksite. To enhance this, the correct use of our personal protective equipment (PPE) is most important. Once trained in the use and application of your PPE, it is up to the operator to always check for signs […]

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Refresher training

A common question we are asked by many students is the expiry date of the qualifications they obtain for working at heights or confined space training. There are recommendations, requirements and considerations all students need to be aware of, in order to maintain a safe work environment. To achieve a safer work environment and to […]

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Fall prevention devices – Guard Rails

To remain safe whilst working at heights, the use of a fall prevention device is highly recommended. An effective fall prevention devices many workers install, is known as a guard rail. Guard rails may be used to provide effective fall prevention: Along the edges of roofs Mezzanine floors, walkways, stairways, ramps and landings Along access […]

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Ladder safety training

Most of us will use a ladder at some point in our lives, either at home or at work. Regardless where we are using ladders, a simple fall can result in a very serious injury. Did you know, the majority of serious injuries are caused from a height of less than 3 meters? And the […]

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Falling from heights

Falling from heights within the workplace is the second highest killer in all workplace accidents. In 2016, 25 workers lost their lives due to falling from heights. A vast majority of these fatalities are from a height between 2-3 meters. Further to this, 17 workers were fatally injured by falling objects. There are many ways […]

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Managing the risk of falls at your workplace

How manage the risk of falls at your workplace. As per the WHS Regulations, a PCBU 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 is […]

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Height safety on all construction sites

Save yourself a potential workplace accident and a $3600 on the spot fine! Safework NSW currently have a safety blitz on all NSW construction sites. First step to compliance and ensuring your safety is to conduct nationally recognised training: RIIWHS204D – Work safely at heights Group up to 6 students: $1200 Group up to 12 […]

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Unsafe oxygen levels

One of the major hazards when working in confined spaces is the possibility of unsafe oxygen levels. The normal level of oxygen within the air is approx. 21%. When working in a confined space, oxygen levels must be between 19.5% – 23.5%. Reasons for lower oxygen concentrations can be contributed by: Displacement by other contaminates […]

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What is a confined space ticket?

If you are required to enter and work in confined spaces, then the first step is complete the relevant training course. This must be  nationally recognised training provided by a registered training organisation (RTO). Some roles and responsibilities will vary, along with the required qualifications to carry these out: some of these include: General workers […]

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