According to Workplace Safety Australia, falls are one of the leading causes of deaths in the workplace, below vehicle collision. In addition to permanent injuries and lost lives caused by falls, businesses lose billions of dollars each year from significant increases in insurance premiums, workers’ compensation claims, product liability costs, and other related expenses.
Scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry, with New South Wales being the leading state for falls from a height causing injury or death 37%, followed by Victoria 29%.
58% of fatalities from falls from a height were from roofs or ladders and half of these were falls from less than 4m!
What can be done to reduce falls?
– Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover).
– Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
– Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat or acid or a conveyor belt) employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
– Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety and harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.
Australian Scaffolds are dedicated to safety and believe that every worker has the right to return home safely to their family every day.We are inspired to create great products that are essential for a safer and more productive life for people everywhere.
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