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Here's what you need to know about having a fall protection plan on your construction site

by , 09 July 2014
There are several common kinds of accidents that plague construction sites. One the most dangerous of these are falls.

These happen when employees work at heights and there's nothing preventing them from falling. All it takes is one of your employees to lose concentration or their balance and down they go.

This is why the OHS Act has very stringent requirements when it comes to your fall protection plan. Read on to discover what they are...

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Are you following the OHS Act's requirements for a fall protection plan?

 
All construction sites must have fall protection plans. That's according to the OHS Act, Section 8 of the Construction Regulation.
 
It says: Any time employees work at elevated levels, there must be measures to stop them from falling. These can include PPE like safety harnesses or safety equipment such as fencing around the end of the raised area.
 
But before you put up fencing around every platform, or start handing out PPE left, right and centre, do a risk assessment so your fall protection measures actually match the risks.
 

The more serious the fall risks are, the more intense the safety precautions in your fall protection plan must be

 
You must install fall protection measures that fit the level of risk, so during your risk assessment, determine whether:
 
1.       Your employees work on any raised platform;
2.       The raised platform is more than 30cm off the ground;
3.       Your employees work close to the edge of the raised area;
4.       Your employees have any personal protective equipment, such as a fall protection harness, that could prevent them from falling;
5.       There is the area around the edge of the platform slippery; and
6.       There is a lot of constant movement in the area that could lead to an employee being accidently knock off the edge.
 
And remember, the higher the raised area is, the more safety precautions you should put in place.
 
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