To manage the risk of a person falling from one level to another, specific requirements of risk management must be implemented for the work at height.
Key systematic requirements include:
- The personnel assigned to work at height having the necessary training to conduct the work safely, particularly if working in the construction industry.
- Using the hierarchy of controls when considering risk assessment methods for safe work at height to prevent major injury.
- The strict compliance with all applicable national codes, standards and legislative obligations.
- Ensuring the work is properly planned and supervised to protect against personal injury.
- The development of a rescue plan with all the required equipment and competent personnel available to enact the rescue plan.
Training in relation to the risks involved with working at heights must be provided to workers and can include instruction on safe work method statements, providing safe work procedures, safe sequencing of work, work at height permit systems.
Note: If you are undertaking construction work at a height where a person could fall more than two metres, this is classified as high-risk construction work (HRCW) and a SWMS is mandatory under the WHS Regulation.
What is Work at Height?
Working at height refers to work where there is a risk to a worker’s health and safety associated with a fall from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury to the person or any other person and could include:
- In or on an elevated workplace from which a person could fall.
- In the vicinity of an opening through which a person could fall.
- In the vicinity of an edge over which a person could fall.
- On a surface through which a person could fall.
- In any other place from which a person could fall.
Working at Height Hierarchy of Controls
Where the potential for a fall hazard exists, the highest reasonably practicable control to prevent the fall should be adopted. The primary duty is to eliminate the risk, however, if this is not practicable, the risk must then be reduced to the minimum level. To do this, there is a preferred order (or hierarchy) of risk control measures, ranging from the most effective to the least effective. There are five basic levels or rules to safely work at heights; these levels are aligned with the hierarchy of controls.
Level 1 Working at Height Controls
Examples of level 1 controls (elimination) include:
- Always try to bring the job to ground level so that there is no risk of falling.
- Pre-assemble as much as possible at ground level.
- Having suppliers provide loads that are pre-slung to avoid access to rigging activities at height.
If this is not possible to eliminate or minimise the risk, refer to level 2 controls.
Level 2 Working at Height Controls
Examples of level 2 controls (passive fall prevention devices) include:
- A solid barrier or handrail so that the risk of a fall from height is eliminated.
- Ensuring that all edges of the work area are protected, reducing the risks.
- Using roof safety mesh to protect against fragile surfaces or a fragile roof.
- Using perimeter screens or mesh.
- Using temporary work platforms, i.e. scaffolds, elevating work platforms and work boxes etc.
If this is not possible refer to level 3 controls.
Level 3 Working at Height Controls
Examples of level 3 controls (work positioning systems) include:
- Using a travel restraint device or a harness with a static lanyard that will prevent you from reaching the unprotected edge and placing yourself in a position where a fall is possible.
- Using industrial rope access systems.
If this is not possible look at level 4.
Level 4 Working at Height Controls
Examples of level 4 controls (fall arrest harness type systems) include:
- Using a catch platform.
- Wearing and using a personal protective harness and lanyard with an energy absorber that is connected to a suitable anchor point.
- Personnel travelling from one location to another in elevated positions should utilize auxiliary fall protection equipment such as static lines, beam trolleys and anchors and inertia reels. Persons should always be ‘100% hooked up’.
If this is not possible, refer to level 5 controls.
Level 5 Working at Height Controls
Examples of level 5 controls include:
- Undertaking the work safely from ladders.
- Undertaking the work safely from trestles.
- Using administration controls for the work at height.
Note: The specific controls selected must eliminate or minimise the risk of falling as low as reasonably practicable.
Contents of this Working at Height Procedure
- Terms and Definitions.
- Roles and Responsibilities.
- General Height Safety.
- Working at Height Hierarchy of Controls.
- Working at Heights of Two Metres and Above.
- Fall Prevention.
- Edge Protection.
- Travel Restriction.
- Fall Arrest.
- Safety Harnesses.
- Equipment and Systems.
- Maintenance and Inspection.
- Unloading and Loading of Trucks.
- General Requirements for Working on Ladders.
- Single or Extension Ladders.
- Ladder Inspection and Maintenance.
- Falling Objects.
- Transferring Materials and Tools.
- Service Pits and Excavations.
- Scaffold Inspection and Tagging.
- Mobile Scaffolding.
- Work at Heights Training.
- Work at Height Rescue.
- Related Procedures, Forms and Documents.
- Review Criteria.
- Record Management.
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- This procedure can be applied to all types of work at height and can enable workers conducting the work at height not to endanger themselves, or other persons who may be exposed to falling objects.
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