Falls from heights claim approximately 26 workplace lives every year.
A person falling just 3 metres reaches a speed of 27 kilometres in less than a second and the fall will almost certainly end in death or permanent life impairment.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act* requires that the person in control of a business or undertaking (PCBU) have a duty of care to ensure that employees and subcontractors at the workplace must be provided with the necessary safety measures to ensure the health and safety of the worker.
Regular maintenance of plant and machinery, gutter cleaning, roof repair, solar panel maintenance etc all require working at heights and impose significant risk on those undertaking these tasks.
New Manslaughter Laws
The new manslaughter laws which have already been implemented in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia will soon come into effect in Victoria. This gives WorkSafe Victoria the power to impose fines of up to $16.5 million and 20 years imprisonment on the PCBU should they be found to be negligent. Worksafe Victoria also states that "negligent conduct can include a failure to act". There is also ability within the offence for direct liability of an organisation to be charged, without determining individual fault.
When selecting the best suited height safety system, we must take into consideration the HIERARCHY OF CONTROL which requires that we must start with measures to prevent a fall from height happening by either removing the need to work at height, or by providing a barrier system that will not allow a person to fall. Fall protection can be categorised as follows: elimination, fall prevention, fall restraint and fall arrest. Depending on the situation, if removing the requirement to work at height is not practicable, we then need to look at fall prevention or fall restraint systems which reduce the chance of a fall or fall arrest systems to minimise the likely injury if a person was to fall.
SAYFA is a respected access and fall protection system manufacturer, system designer and consultant in working at height safety and have in excess of 20 years’ experience in the industry. SAYFA is as an active adviser and contributor to industry and regulatory bodies.
The SAYFA team is ready to help you with your enquiry and to provide you with a turn key solution from understanding your requirements, providing you with a range of suggested solutions that best suits your height safety requirements. If you have an enquiry, please complete the fill out form on the right of this page and we will be in touch. Thank you for your time.