From 2015 to 2019, some 122 workers fell from heights and killed instantly. The construction industry accounts for more than 40% of these fall-related deaths or injuries. The greatest number of fatalities involved falling from buildings, ladders, horses, donkeys, and mules. This shows that working at heights poses a high risk of fall activity and a leading cause of serious injury and death in Australia.

A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) carries specific obligations in managing risks of someone or a worker falling from one level to another. His responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that any work involving the risk of a fall would be carried out on the ground or on a solid structure.

  • Providing safe means to access entry and exit to a workplace.

  • Minimizing the risk of falls by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system, or a fall arrest system.

Aside from the responsibilities of a PCBU, there are also tips on how to manage the risk of fall of workers or other people. These include:

  • Eliminate the need to work at heights if possible.

The most effective way to protect workers from the risk of falling is to eliminate the need to work at heights.

  • Installing a fall prevention device.

Placing any equipment designed to prevent a fall for someone temporarily working at heights. Installing fall prevention systems must be considered at the design and planning stage.

  • Following and implementing a safe design for any structure or work environment.

When it comes to achieving safe design, responsibility rests with those groups or individuals who control or manage design functions to ensure safety for all workers and individuals. Safe design could be achieved effectively when all the parties who control and influence the design outcome collaborate on incorporating safety measures into the design.

The effective and systematic management of risks contributes to and improves worker health and safety, as well as productivity.

Needing your staff to conduct height safety training?

Platinum Safety can offer you the option to either come and train at our safety training centre located at 2/6 Weld Street Prestons NSW 2170 or we can travel out to your location and conduct the training onsite at your workplace.

We specialize in confined space education and ensure you are safe and compliant before, during, and after employees work and enter confined spaces. Click here to learn more about our numerous training courses for confined space!