Do you know your Legal Obligations when working at heights?
It is vitally important that you ensure that when you have employees or contractors working at heights that you know your legal obligations under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011. Failure to comply with the Act will leave you exposed to prosecution in the event of an incident. Heavy penalties apply for breaching any legal duty.
Do you know all your legal obligations and duties under the Act?
Our Mission is to ensure that our Clients not only understand their legal obligations but that their systems are compliant and safe. Our compliance guide, "Understanding your Legal duties as a PCBU", sets out in clear easy to understand language what you need to know to ensure that you are complying with the Act. To receive a copy of our guide, call us today.
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Work place injuries occur every day and cost businesses millions of dollars. They destroy the lives of not only the victim but their family and co-workers as well. In a report released in October 2013 by Safe Work Australia, it was reported that from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2011, 232 workers were killed following a fall while working at heights. That represents 11% of all workers killed in a workplace incident over this period. In 2010–11, 29 workers died following a fall from height. These numbers are staggering.
Working at heights is very safe when done correctly. That means having the right training, right experience, right supervision, the right height safety equipment and the right height safety system. It is vital that all of these elements are properly addressed when working at heights because if they are not it will cost lives. There are very clear guidelines on what must be followed to ensure that workers who are are not exposed to hazards. Under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011 there are severe penalties for PCBU's (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) who fail to comply with their primary duty to provide a workplace that is safe.
To help businesses to keep their workers safe and to comply with the Act and Regulation we have put together a summary which clearly outlines duties and responsibilities. Click on one of the pages or call us to speak directly to a Height Safety Specialist.