WORKSAFE TARGETS CONSTRUCTION FALLS

WorkSafe is launching a blitz to address falls in construction after hundreds of workers suffered harm last year, and nine Victorians died.

Construction remains the highest-risk industry for falls, comprising a third of total claims.

WorkSafe is vowing action and urging employers to implement the highest practicable safety measures, following the hierarchy of controls:

Level 1: Eliminate risk by doing work on the ground where possible, or from a solid construction

Level 2: Use passive fall prevention devices like scaffolds, EWPs, and guardrails

Level 3: Employ positioning systems to ensure workers stay in safe areas

Level 4: Utilize fall arrest systems such as harnesses or safety nets

Level 5: Employ fixed or portable ladders or administrative controls

More information on falls prevention

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