The simple answer is, because it is your responsibility.
PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking), such as building owners, building managers and facility managers, must ensure that they provide a safe work environment for all persons who perform work on or around their buildings.
This includes contractors and their employees, a fact often overlooked, as many building owners and managers incorrectly believe that contractors do not fall under their scope of responsibility.
With the introduction in many states of Australia of Workplace Manslaughter Laws, failing to provide adequate safety for workers, especially when conducting high risk work such as working at height can leave you open to serious consequences. There have already been several convictions recorded proving that authorities are ready and willing to prosecute should they find cause to do so.
Organising a height safety system audit on your building will:
- Highlight areas of concern by conducting a risk assessment
- Check current systems for compliance to Australian Standards and other relevant industry guidelines
- Ensure existing components and equipment have had recertification and inspections carried out as per manufacturer’s requirements
- Offer practical and compliant solutions in accordance with the hierarchy of control for working at height
As defined in the Code of Practice for Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces: “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 or undertaking.” This includes requirements to “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”.
To check your current height safety practices, why not use our Risk Assessment Calculator to assess your risk?