Do you have to undertake any Work at Heights?
Working at heights is not for the faint of heart. It’s not an office job where you’re situated in a single storey level, or perhaps take the stairs or elevator to your higher floor.
Not surprisingly, there’s rules and regulations to keep people who work at heights protected, proudly and professionally offered as part of safety and emergency training in Perth.
So, do you have to undertake any work at heights?
If so, read more from the safety and emergency training specialists at SETS Enterprises.
The important statistics you need to know
Working at heights is a high-risk activity that adds to many deaths and serious injuries in Australia.
The statistics between 1st January 2003 to 31st December 2015 from Safe Work Australia:
- 359 workers were killed following a fall from height
- 50% of these falls involved falling three metres or less
- The highest number of falls involved falling from roofs, ladders, vehicles and horses
- Workers over 45 years old made up 65% of the fatalities, and
- The construction industry accounted for 37% of falls-related deaths.
To prevent these tragedies and not let people and employees become another statistic, safety training requirements must be in place.
Let’s see what employees and employers alike should do.
Safe employees on the ground and up high
People have a right to feel and be safe on the worksite, and this is especially true for employees and contractors working at heights.
Here’s what the model WHS Regulations entail for people conducting or undertaking business:
- Managing risk by ensuring any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on solid construction
- Provide safe means to access and exit a workplace/site
- Minimise the risk of falls by providing a fall prevention system such as guardrails, safety net systems or personal fall arrest system.
Of course, having adequate and exemplary safety and emergency training in Perth (complete or refresher) is a very good way to minimise falls risks.
If you think you have what it takes to work at heights, SETS Enterprises have the course to make it happen safely.
The right Working Safely at Heights course for you
The Working Safely at Heights course at SETS Enterprises is a nationally accredited course designed to provide people with the essential knowledge and skills to allow them to confidently and legally undertake work at heights across a variety of industries.
While there are no prerequisites for this course, there are some physical entry requirements.
- Know how to wear an appropriately sized harness
- The ability to reach above their head
- Climb ladders, and
- Handle 10kg weights.
So, if you can do the above and ladders, heights and tall buildings don’t make you squeamish, you probably have what it takes to work at heights.
Just make sure you complete the appropriate safety and emergency training in Perth to get started!
Need safety and emergency training in Perth for yourself or employees?
Contact SETS Enterprises today to find out more about our Working Safely at Heights course and many more registered courses available.
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