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Prevention Of Falls In Housing Construction (Code Of Practice No.29, 2004)

About this publication

Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction provides practical guidance on how to eliminate or reduce risk of falling from height in the housing construction industry.

You should also  note the following additional information:

Section 6.6 - Truss and batten erection
If internal fall protection cannot be provided, truss and batten spacing should be reduced to minimise the risk of internal falls by one of the following:
  • if  truss spacing does not exceed 600mm centres, the batten spacing must not exceed  900mm centres
  • if  truss spacing is greater than 600mm but not exceeding 900mm centres, the batten  spacing must not exceed 450mm centres.
If truss spacing exceeds 900mm and batten spacing exceeds 450, other fall protection  must be provided.
Section 6.9.1 - Roofing tasks
Where there is a risk of a fall  from a height of two metres or more, implement external fall protection  in the form of physical edge protection (eg guardrailing or perimeter  scaffolding).
  • Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction (Code of Practice No.29, 2004) (PDF 2709kb)
    Document Type: Code of Practice
    Keycode: VWA252/01/02.04
    Industry: Construction, 
    Category: Controlling OHS Hazards and Risks, Falls Prevention, 
    Division Author: Construction
    Publication Date: 31 March 2004
    Date First Published: 31 March 2004
    Summary: This Code of practice provides practical guidance on preventing falls on housing construction sites.

This document should be read in conjunction with the Fall protection for roof work fact sheet (PDF, 96.98 KB).

Further information


Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985 (old Act), approved Codes of Practice enabled people to meet their duties under Victoria's health and safety laws by complying with the related part of a Code of Practice.

On 1 July 2005, the old Act was repealed and be replaced by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (new Act). The new Act does not provide for making Codes of Practice. Therefore, complying with a Code of Practice may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the new Act .

This Code of Practice continues to be available as a source of practical guidance, and will contribute to industry state of knowledge, to assist those who must comply with health and safety laws.