A boost in the construction sector is anticipated following the Federal Government announcement of a $25,000 grant for eligible Australian’s to build or renovate.

Its a good time to review the risk of falls in the workplace.

Falls are a major cause of death and injury in Australian workplaces.

Working at Heights – all types of work where there is a risk of falling from one level to another, that is reasonably likely to cause injury.


  • working on a roof
  • accessing a silo
  • stacking shelves in a warehouse
  • fall into a trench or service pit

How to manage the risk of falls? Conduct a risk assessment:

  1. Identify hazards
  2. Assess the risk
  3. Eliminate or control the risk
  4. Review control measures

How to record your risk assessment? Some examples:

  • JHA – Job Hazard Analysis
  • SWMS – Safe Work Method Statement
  • Permit – Working at heights

Remember workers must be trained and have appropriate skills to carry out the task safely. Nationally accredited training is considered to be the minimum benchmark to which a worker is trained – see course RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights

5 June 2020

Claire Wears

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