WorkSafe New Zealand has warned the construction industry that workplace injuries from falls from height are not acceptable.
A worker recently fell from a roof with no edge protection through a glass table onto concrete resulting in a fine for the company responsible. It was revealed that 2 workers were on the roof and exposed to the risk of fall.
An investigation by WorkSafe revealed that businesses failed to identify the risk of fall and failed to put fall protection into place. Many businesses failed to provide training and work from height instruction for workers.
WorkSafe stressed that the best controls are those that don’t require active judgement by a worker, including edge protection or scaffolding.