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.