Release of new Standard for Anchor Points – AS/NZS 5532
Safe Work Australia has just released its latest Notified Fatalities Report (year ending November 2012). The report revealed that there were 50 reported deaths related to working at heights. The deaths were separated into 3 categories –
- 24 fatalities from falling objects
- 23 fatalities from falls from a height
- 3 fatalities resulting from falls at the same level
This very high number of deaths related to working at heights highlights the need for job specific height safety equipment and training. This figure only shows the actual deaths. It does not list the hundreds of injuries which result in millions of dollars of lost productivity and large fines upon the PCBU for not complying with their primary duty of care, “to provide a safe work environment which is free from hazards to health and safety”. The devastating impact upon not only the person injured but also their families and fellow workers can be enormous. Many accidents can be avoided with the use of proper PPE, safety equipment and training. Having the right training and equipment can help avoid the unnecessary stress and cost associated with a workplace injury or death.
Often companies may over look height safety because they may feel that it is all too hard. That is where we can help.
- Complete a safety audit and report
- Make safety recommendations
- Provide training and support
- Supply and install permanent equipment and height safety solutions
- Supply all PPE equipment and training for working at heights and confined space
- Supply correct documentation
If you would like to know more about how you can keep your workers safe please contact us on (07) 3208 5833.