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To prevent serious injuries occurring at your workplace, you need to identify all tasks that involve the possibility of someone falling more than two metres.

Tasks that may involve a risk of a fall include:

  • work done on any machinery, equipment or structure being constructed, inspected, tested, maintained, repaired or cleaned
  • tasks on a fragile, slippery or potentially unstable surface
  • using equipment to gain access to an elevated level or to work at an elevated level
  • work on a sloping surface where it is difficult to maintain balance
  • work near an unprotected edge or in close proximity to a hole, shaft or pit into which a person could fall

Some typical examples of work practices that involve the risk of a fall include:

  • maintenance work on a roof, such as gutter clearing, painting or roof restoration, with no guarding or fall protection
  • working from the bucket of a front-end loader or tractor or from a pallet lifted by a forklift
  • no guarding, railing or signage around holes, pits or shafts
  • fitting truck tarps by climbing across a load without using fall prevention
  • working on top of livestock carriers without any fall prevention measures like guardrails
  • setting up a ladder on a slippery or uneven surface without securing it to prevent it slipping
  • using a cherry picker without a safety harness and lanyard connecting the worker to a suitable anchorage in the basket