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What are falls?

Employers have a duty to ensure their workplace is safe, and this means controlling the risk of falls from any height.

Analysis has shown that the risk of injury from a fall increases significantly for falls from two metres or more.

The prevention of falls part of the OHS regulations applies when there is a risk of a fall of more than two metres.

Typical falls that cause death and injury include those resulting from:

  • using unsafe or incomplete scaffolds
  • inappropriate ladders/ladder use
  • falling from or through roofs
  • falls from trucks
  • falls into holes, pits or shafts
  • accessing shelving
  • accessing mezzanine areas.