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

Share Tweet

RELATED

CONTROVERSIAL RULING: ONE WORK GROUP FOR 170 STAFF
In a NSW decision that sets a worrying precedent, an employer has successfully argued that its workplace should only have one work group instead of the five determined by the WHS Regulator....
Read More
TRAINING GAPS LEAD TO $400K FINE
Big Bell Gold Operations has been fined $400,000 after a contract worker was injured while performing a task that wasn't covered in his safety induction. The supervising task manager was also untrained....
Read More
LOW REWARDS, HIGH STRESS DRIVE BURNOUT
A study by Sweden's Karolinska Institute has found that a high effort-reward imbalance (ERI) significantly increases the risk of workers burning out, but high demands are only part of the problem.
Read More