WorkSafe Victoria Issues Work From Height Warning After Incidents

Following 2 serious incidents that occurred within 24 hours of each other, WorkSafe Victoria has issued a warning to employers about the risks involved with work from heights.

One man suffered life threatening injuries after falling 3 metres from a ladder at a townhouse construction site in Rosebud. The incident involving the 40 something year old man is a reminder that even falls from relatively low heights can have serious consequences.

In another incident a man in his thirties died after falling 5 metres into a trench at a housing estate at Wallan.

WorkSafe said these incidents prove how catastrophic falls can be for workers and yet they are too common on construction sites.

Employers were reminded that the risks of falls on any worksite had to be controlled. Employers were urged to ensure safe systems of work were followed at all times.

Both incidents are under investigation. Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/two-serious-falls-prompt-warning-working-safely-heights/#.W40XPLglE1k

Killer Construction Site Fall Prompts Safety Warning

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a warning following a serious fall at a housing construction site at Rosebud recently, reminding the industry of the risks associated with working at heights.

The man was conducting internal plastering work at a townhouse at the time of the incident and was the second worker to be killed in a serious fall on a Victorian construction site in just 3 days.

WorkSafe Acting Executive Director of Health and Safety Paul Fowler said employers cannot ignore the risks of falls from height at construction sites even if the risk of falls is only from a relatively low height, they can still result is serious, possibly fatal injuries.

He said employers must apply reasonably practicable control measures and work with employees to put them in place and ensure they are adhered to.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/mans-death-following-fall-height-prompts-warning/#.W51qtPYlE1l