WHS & Heights – working from them and how to not fall from them.
- March 13, 2014
- Posted by: Rose_TrainingOZ15
- Category: Rose Training Blog
Rose Training Australia discusses the WHS do’s and don’ts when it comes to heights in your workplace.
You’ve seen the Energex ads, working from heights (e.g from ladders) increases the risk of falls, injuries and even fatalities. This rule applies even when working from heights at the workplace.
Don’t think that this is only relevant to those who are doing maintenance work on 10-storey buildings, indeed the risk of serious injury is even apparent for those working from lower heights too. If you frequently work at a height, the risk of you falling and subsequently gaining an injury is increased if it’s a windy or wet day, if you are working on an uneven surface and if you are using power tools (just to name a few).
So how how does WHS come into play when discussing heights in a work area? Rose Training’s resident WHS hero, Serge Rossignol, has some wisdom to share with us all.
Believe it or not, tasks that involve working from a height of more than two metres requires must be identified and managed efficiently with the relevant WHS practices, in this case, there must be controls put into action. Controls can include completing as much of the task as is humanly possible on the ground.
For heights of less than 2 metres: Develop and document procedures to show how the hazard will be managed and train your employees by providing them with skills and tools to be safe workers.
For heights of more than 2 metres: First Aid! This couldn’t be more important. Make sure a First Aid Kit is on site if there is indeed a fall, and remember to have emergency procedures in place in the event of an injury. Make sure your ladder is fixed to the area you are working at, and install a fall arrest system to limit the risk of injury. Make sure the equipment you are using when working at heights comply with relevant WHS legislation.
Ladders need to be risk assessed before use. There is no use in having a tonne of WHS controls in place only to have a faulty, wobbly ladder! Unused ladders must be secured stored horizontally at waist height.
Tasks that may have WHS risks pertaining to height issues include working on roofs, construction work, putting up signs and posters and working in storage areas with high shelves.
If you know there is a place at your work where a fall hazard may exist, you should take the time to identify it and come up WHS management strategies (according to the hierarchy of control, read our other blog on it!) to reduce the risk of injury at such places.
If you want to know more about WHS practises when it comes to heights at the workplace, why not talk to Jessica Rose on LiveChat? Or if you are interested in doing a Cert IV or Diploma in WHS, give us a call now! We look forward to hearing from you!
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