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Safe Work Australia – How to Prevent Falls at Workplaces – Code of Practice

1.1 – Who has Health and Safety Duties in relation to falls?

A person conducting a business or undertaking has the primary duty under the WHS Act to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that workers and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business they are undertaking.

A person conducting a business or undertaking must:

  • Ensure as far as reasonably practicable, that any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground, or on a Solid Construction
  • Provide safe means of access to and exit from the workplace, and minimise the risk of falls so far as is reasonably practicable by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system.

1.2 –The meaning of Key Terms

  • Fall means a fall by a person from one level to another.
  • NB no longer a fixed Height is specified, a fall can be from any height!

4.1 – Temporary work platforms

Include scaffolds, elevating work platforms, mast climbers, building maintenance units, portable or mobile fabricated platforms, or any other platform that provides a working area and is designed to prevent a fall.

7.1 – Ladders

  • Ladders are primarily a means of access and egress!
  • Many falls occur when people are working from ladders!
  • Ladders should have a load rating of AT LEAST 120kg and be manufactured for Industrial use.
  • Materials or tools are not to be carried while climbing a ladder – use a tool belt or side pouch.
  • When using ladders, it is not safe to use metal or metal reinforced ladders when working on live electrical installations.

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