Managing The Risks of Falls on Mobile Earthmoving Plant Equipment

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Does Your Current Working at Heights Work Practices Look Like This?

You could be PERSONALLY LIABLE under current Codes of Practice for Managing The Risks of Falls at the Workplace!!

DANGER: UNSAFE WORK PRACTICES

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And do you want to be involved in headlines like this?

Crane hire company and director fined $71,000 over fall

A crane hire company and its director have been fined a total of $71,000 (plus more than $1600 in costs) over an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a roof.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

 

Sawmillers convicted after fall from heights

A sawmilling company based in Nelson, NZ,
was fined $52,500 today following an accident in which a contractor suffered multiple serious injuries. The contractor suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures to his skull, face and wrist, amongst other injuries, during the incident in February this year, in which he fell approximately four metres from machinery onto a concrete floor. The company was ordered to pay reparations of $20,000 to the contractor.

5 December 2012

 

Company Receives Hefty Fine after worker Falls over 3 metres

Two companies and one company director have learnt a serious lesson after being fined $147,000 following an accident which left an electrician with serious injuries.

July 16, 2013

 

Australia company fined $95,000 after employee falls three metres to his death

After his fall, the employee, who had not been wearing any fall protection equipment, was taken to Flinders Medical Centre where he died the following day from head injuries

January 06, 2012

Who Has Health & Safety Duties In Relation to Falls in a Workplace?

 

As determined and defined within the 2011 Codes of Practice for Managing The Risk of Falls at Workplace, the below group of individuals have direct responsibility and duty of care to manage the health and safety risks arising from a fall that workers under their directive and supervision may be exposed to;

A person conducting a business or undertaking has the primary duty under the WHS Act to ensure, as far as reasonable practicable, that workers and other person are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the business or undertaking

A person conducting a business or undertaking has more specific obligations under the WHS Regulations to manage the risk of a fall by a person from one level to another, including requirements to;

Ensure, so far as is reasonable practicable, that any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction

Provide safe means of access to and exist from the workplace

Minimise the risks of falls so far as is reasonably practicable by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system

Officers, such as company directors and senior managers, have a duty to exercise due diligence to ensure that the business or undertakings complies with the WHS Act & Regulations. This includes taking resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks of falls from one level to another that are likely to cause injury.

Workers have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that they do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons. Workers must comply with any reasonable instructions given be the person conducting the business or undertaking.