Falls prevention and scaffolding blitz

WorkSafe is reminding the construction industry about the risks associated with the use of scaffolding, use of ladders and works at height.


Falls remain the leading cause of fatalities within the construction industry

Falls often occur as a result of inadequate fall prevention including unsafe or incomplete scaffolds.

WorkSafe Inspectors will visit domestic and commercial construction sites to ensure appropriate systems are in place to control the risks.

162 incidents involving falls reported (2019 to 2020)


Involved ladders.


Involved scaffolds.


Incidents that were serious or significant.


Resulted in workplace fatality.

Top tips

Construction top tips: Fall controls - tip 1

Construction top tips: Scaffolding - tip 1

Compliance codes and resources