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Date PostedJuly 9, 2012

White Card Online News Update: Man Falls from Height on Doreen Construction Site

According to a WorkSafe report a man has fallen off the roof of a house under construction on a Doreen site. The worker is in a critical condition in hospital. This follows an incident in Oakleigh South where a man died after falling from a factory roof. WorkSafe has issued an alert to warn members of the industry of the dangers of falling, particularly in the domestic construction sector.

WorkSafe had this to say on their website:

A Kilmore man is in hospital after falling 2.4m at a housing development at Doreen this morning.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident which happened around 8.10am at a site in Midland Rd.

While the investigation is at an early stage, WorkSafe understands he was on top of a house frame marking the location of roof trusses.

He was flown to the Alfred Hospital in a serious condition.

On 13 June a man died at Oakleigh South after falling from a factory roof.

The Director of WorkSafe’s construction division, Allan Beacom, said working at height was a major source of serious workplace injuries and deaths, particularly in the construction sector.

“WorkSafe is running projects targeting basic hazards in the domestic construction sector, which will look at ensuring people are using the right equipment and that they have the right training to do the job safely.

“As we say in our current safety campaign, the overwhelming majority of incidents can be prevented at little or no cost.

“It takes only a little time and thought to put safe practices in place, but an ongoing effort is needed to ensure they’re consistently maintained,” Mr Beacom said.

 “This is a tragedy for the man, his family and workmates and should send a message to the entire community – employers and workers alike – that high safety standards must be in place, and applied, at all times.

Seven people have died in Victorian workplaces this year.

Source: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/wsinternet/worksafe/sitetools/news/man+seriously+hurt+after+fall+at+doreen+building+site

WorkSafe suggests the following steps in tackling fall hazards on construction sites:

Step 1: Develop and Allocate responsibilities to Everyone for managing fall prevention

Every worker and employer has a responsibility to manage the prevention of falls on the site. For each job undertaken responsibility needs to be assigned for control over fall prevention measures including proper equipment is used correctly, safety measures maintained and workers are trained in fall prevention.

Step 2: All Fall Hazards Need to be Identified

All tasks that involve working at heights, where workers can potentially fall more than 2 meters is a fall hazard. Examples are:

  • Work from house roofs
  • work on fragile or unstable surfaces
  • work on sloping or slippery surfaces
  • work near an edge, hole, pit or shaft.

Step 3: Assess the Risks of Someone Falling from Height

For each task undertaken that has been determined as potentially dangerous due to a fall hazard, it needs to be determined the circumstances that may increase the risk of a fall. Things that need to be examined are:

  •  The nature, size and layout of the workplace.
  •  The duration, extent and type of work to be undertaken.
  •  What height will workers be required to access or undertake work?
  •  Training and experience of employees undertaking the work.
  •  How to get to the work area.
  •  The number and movement of people and plant on the work site.
  •  Conditions of work.

Step  4 – Determine What Measures Must Be Taken To Prevent Or Minimise The Risk Of A Fall


  • Can the work be done from the ground or lower height
  • Can a passive fall prevention device be used
  • Can a work positioning system be used such as an industrial rope access
  • Can a fall injury prevention system be used such as a harness
  • If none of these can be done a fixed or portable ladder or administrative control must be introduced

Step 5-Implement Fall Prevention Measures

Implement measures to control the risk, if the risk cannot be removed and train workers on these measures.

Step 6 –Ensure Emergency Procedures are in place in the event of a fall

Make sure workers are well trained in this

Step 7 – Plant and Prevention Devices

Use the correct plant for the task and do so safely. Also ensure fall prevention devices are properly maintained and used.

Step 8 –Regularly Review

Check Risk Assessments and Safety Measures at every site and as changes occur, review these measures regularly.

More information visit www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

 Posted by Steven Asnicar



Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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