Safe Work NSW Cracks Down on Height Safety
Safe Work NSW recently announced a state wide blitz aimed at reducing the number of heights-related fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry.
Falls from heights is the number one cause of fatalities on NSW construction sites, with most serious and fatal falls being from roofs, ladders and scaffolds – and from a height of 4 metres or less.
For more information on the ‘Working safely at heights in construction – when you fall, they fall’ campaign from Safe Work NSW click here.
Here’s also few of our height safety resources that will help you and your team when working at heights.
Self-retracting lifelines (SRL) must be inspected before each use, annually inspected by a competent person and recertified every five years.
Without inspections and maintenance schedules, equipment failures can have major impacts upon a business including unscheduled outages, increased cost and most importantly, major safety hazards resulting in injury or loss of life.
Many of the standards that are relevant to the height safety here in Australia are produced by the ME-025 Lifting Tackle committee at Standards Australia—the nation’s peak nongovernment, not-for-profit standards organisation.
To view the Australian Standards please visit here.
It’s important to note, as of August 2020, there were three new standards from Standards Australia, representing separation of the document AS/NZS 1891.1:2007 into three standalone documents:
- 1891.3:2020 Personal equipment for work at height; manufacturing requirements for fall-arrest devices.
- 1891.1:2020 Personal equipment for work at height; manufacturing requirements for full body combination and lower body harnesses.
- 1891.5:2020 Personal equipment for work at height; manufacturing requirements for lanyard assemblies and pole straps.
AS/NZS 1891.5 (2020) separates out lanyard assembly and pole strap requirements from harnesses (previously under one standard). The purpose is to document specific requirements for the materials, design, manufacture, testing and labelling of lanyard assemblies and pole straps.