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Working at Heights

When operators work at heights, they are exposed to a number of risks, with falls from roofs, ladders, mezzanine floors or through brittle skylights being all too common.

It is important to acknowledge that even falls from 1 or 2 metres high can result in serious injuries such as fractures, brain damage and spinal cord injuries. In fact 50% of all fatalities from a fall from height are from heights of 3 metres or less.

Managing any tasks to be undertaken when working at height requires careful planning and assessment of the risks associated with it.

A SWMS (Safe Work Method Statement) should be completed before commencing any high risk work. A SWMS will help you identify possible hazards and also determine the way they should be handled to ensure the safety of those working at height. A rescue plan is also an essential document as it sets a clear procedure and detailed course of action should a fall event occur.

Download the Working at Heights Manual & Checklist

Education and competency are essential for preventing devastating falls. To ensure the safety of worksites across Australia, SAYFA have created a Working at Heights Manual and Working at Heights Checklist which you can download below.

Ensuring that all personnel are appropriately trained in the operation of the equipment being used is another crucial part of height safety and personnel using fall arrest and rope access devices require specialist qualifications.

SAYFA are industry leaders in designing, installing and managing access and fall protection safety systems, ensuring your team is safe when working at heights.

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We also ensure building managers, architects, height safety installers and system users fully understand the safety measures that need to be taken when working at heights.

Our approach involves conducting risk assessments to identify any areas that need to be better secured to prevent falls. This includes ensuring roof top areas, mezzanine floors and storage areas have safe access, that any walkways, step ladders and stairs are well-maintained with secure handrails, and that all anchors, static lines and rigid rails are designed for their intended loads.

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