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.