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.