Working at heights- the real facts!
Working at heights can be a risky business. Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2015- 359 workers were killed following a fall from a height. 11% of all workers killed over this period. (Safe Work Australia) With such alarming figures it certainly pays to get working at heights training.
Working at heights can be viewed as a broad term, I mean how high is high? Gaining understanding around this is very important and it can often be surprising to many that the risk of harm can be high no matter what the actual height is. At the end of the day if you spend time on a ladder or venture onto a roof there is a very good probability that you are at risk of harm and it is essential that you take adequate measures to ensure that you are going about your tasks in a safe manner.
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the WHS Regulation) sets out the specific control measures that are required where there is a risk of a fall of at least three metres in housing construction work and two metres in other construction work. Safe Work Australia has identified that a whopping 48% of fatalities in the construction industry were from falls from a height of less than 4 metres. The statistics demonstrate that workers are at risk no matter how high the work is conducted. With falls often occurring from roofs and ladders accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Understanding the complexities around safety regulations is essential in reducing the risk of harm.
At Pro-Lift Training FNQ we run the nationally recognised training frequently, RIIWHS204D Work Safely at heights. The training will give you comprehensive knowledge on how to prevent working at heights accidents by providing hands on training. Learn how to use the required equipment and learn from experienced trainers that have extensive knowledge learned by years in the industry. RIIWHS204D is an important competency to have and can prove to be critical in order to prevent workplace injuries.
Learn more about our RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights nationally recognised training.