WorkSafe Victoria has been producing guidance for employers to help them prevent falls happening, but something more had to be done to stop the deaths and injuries.
Key requirements for employers:
Find the fall hazard
Identify any job your workers do, or may do, where there is any chance at all of a fall of more than 2 metres. The Falls Regulations call this identifying a fall hazard.
Assess the risks
Once fall hazards are identified you have to decide how likely it is that someone will fall.
Once the employer has identified all the tasks where there is any chance at all of a fall, the employer has to work out how likely it is that a fall could happen. The risk assessment needs to be performed.
Risk Assessment allows appropriate control measures to be developed. Once hazards have been identified, they should be assessed in terms of their potential to do harm.
To assess risk, consideration should be given to the:
Australian Risk Services can assist your company in performing working at heights risk assessments.
Fix the problem
With the information you’ve gathered you then have to put in place risk control measures.
Monitor and review the effectiveness of the control measures
Regular monitoring to ensure the control measures that have been implemented have performed as intended.