Industry news — Safe Work NSW Cracks Down on Height Safety

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.

Safe Work inspectors will be on-the-ground state-wide ensuring working at heights risks are being appropriately managed. Inspectors can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $720 for individuals and $3,600 for businesses.

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.

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LHA ARTICLE

In this article Ashley Thacker discusses working at heights and the importance of being properly trained and inspected. For the full article and insights from Height Safety Expert, James Moule’s click here or below.

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TIPS FOR WORKING ON A ROOF

The below information in conjunction with all relevant industry standards including NSW SafeWork Safe Work on Roofs is one step to actively managing active rooftop falls and combating hazards. 

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SELF-RETRACTING LIFELINES | INSPECTION CHECKLIST

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.

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AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS

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.

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If you want to shop our Height Safety product range including harnesses, lanyards,  rope and rescue kits, then click here.

For more assistance on determining what height safety products and services your project might need, call us today on 1300 SLINGS.

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