It is essential that all contractors understand how to eliminate, or if that is not possible, minimise the risk of falls from height in workplaces.
The following codes of practice provide practical guidance on how to achieve this and should be read in conjunction with the Information sheet - Managing the risk of falls at workplaces.
This is a timely reminder to make sure you are doing the right thing for you and your workers when working from heights. WorkSafe recently released an Incident Summary on an incident where a scaffolder fell from height and sustained serious injuries.
You need to make sure that a SWMS has been prepared whenever any of the 19 ‘High Risk Construction Work’ activities are carried out - this includes a risk of a person falling more than 2 metres.
You can avoid the guess-work and save time by using the NECA Safe Digital App to complete your Risk Assessments. The 19 High Risk Construction Work activities that require a SWMS have been loaded into the App.
Simply answer the questions and the Risk Assessment tool will determine whether or not a SWMS is required and prompt you to provide the relevant details and documents.