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New Australian Regulations for Working at Height

Graham Marshall - Friday, October 05, 2012

For quite some time, in most States of Australia, there has been a height limit defined at two metres for falls from height. 

But the UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) was able to demonstrate as long ago as 2005 that 87 per cent of all serious injuries resulting from falls were the result of "low falls" below the two metre definition for working at height.

Under Australia's new model Workplace Health and Safety legislation, the two-metre height threshold has now been scrapped.

So, where work has to be carried out at any height above ground level, the duty holder needs to take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.

At the Risk Tool Box, we support this "risk-based" approach to managing working at height and to ensuring appropriate controls are in place, whatever the height off the ground.

To assist in identifying the appropriate controls for working at height, click here to find an appropriate Job Safety Analysis.

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