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FAQs - Improve Height Safety

Working at heights- fall prevention

Who is responsible?
Person managing or controlling a workplace or an employer who arranged for the work to be performed. When people regularly work at heights it becomes a workplace, so there is a duty to maintain a safe workplace and supply and maintain safe equipment.

Are independent contractors referenced as employees?
Yes, the duties extend to an independent contractor and any employees of the independent contractor. Controllers of the workplace should check independent contractors current workcover insurance certificate and public liability insurance certificate before work is started.

Is a roof access permit sufficient documentation for people accessing and working on roofs?
Yes, if it contains a complete site specific safe work method statement (SWMS)
While a permit system limits unauthorised roof access, it alone does not address the potential hazards and controls. Please file and retain all documents.

Does fall prevention equipment require regular inspection and or testing?
Yes, if in regular use, anchor points and static lines used to harness people whilst performing work at heights need to be inspected and in some cases tested adjusted or replaced. New installations require inspection after the first 12 months and every 12 months thereafter. (Some Australian States & Territories have variation in inspection intervals)

What documentation is required in relation to fall prevention?
Documentation is evidence of compliance. An audit complete with risk assessments identifies and documents the duties of the employer and is blueprint for improvement for the future and should be retained and produced in the event of an incident.

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