When is fall protection required?
A worker must have fall protection if there is a falling hazard which could result in injury or death
How often are you required to inspect height safety equipment?
The requirements for the maintenance of height safety equipment are covered in the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1891.4 2009 which requires that harnesses, lanyards, connectors and fall arrest devices, ropes, slings, and attachment devices be inspected by a competent person before and after each use.
The Standard also advises that detailed inspections should be conducted by a height safety inspector every six months for most items. But items that are used and stored under harsh conditions need to be inspected more frequently.
All inspections except those by the operator are to be documented. Equipment should be inspected both visually and by physical examination and where possible the items should be opened and inspected to ensure that the internal components are also in good condition.
Legal requirement for working safely at heights
In Australia, working at heights requires prior training and certification (as a requirement of The Work Health and Safety Act 2011).No employer can legally allow you to work from heights (over 2 metres) without the recognised accreditation.
Employers have a “duty of care” to keep all employees (and the general public) safe, and working from heights is considered a “higher-risk area”. This is because when working from heights there is an increased chance of danger/accident.
Working safely at heights certifications & training
Apart from the legal requirement, risks from working at heights are significantly reduced once you have acquired the relevant safety knowledge and training.
A Working Safely at Heights Course in Brisbane & Sydney provides the necessary skills to protect not just your own health and safety, but also the welfare of those around you who may be affected by the work.
Additionally, the training will equip you with the confidence and understanding of the work requirements and procedures to perform jobs at heights more safely and effectively.
Examples of working at heights
Some examples of working from heights include; barriers, scaffolding and elevating work platforms. A range of tools and PPE will also be covered during the course. Working from heights can apply to a range of industries and projects, such as construction sites (rise residential or commercial), entertainment (e.g., stages), sporting events (e.g., arenas) and more.
Outcomes of a working at heights course in Brisbane & Sydney
The course outcomes will help you assess and recognise potential risks and respond safely. You will also be able to identify and correctly fit a fall arrest harness, install roof safety systems, anchor point selection, rigging of anchorage slings, self-retracting lifelines and more.
Once you successfully complete the course, you will have a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment accreditation that enables you to work from heights and help you in your career.