Working at heights

Working at heights – always protect yourself from falling

Work in high places means working in any area with an unprotected side, edge or hole that is 2 m or greater above a lower level or there is an unusual possibility of injury if a worker falls less than 2 m. 

Before starting the work in high places, risks must be assessed and work carefully planned. Rules of thumb in planning are:

  • Avoid work at heights if reasonably practicable
  • Prevent falls by using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment eg. scaffolding
  • Minimize the distance and consequences of a fall by using the right type of falling arrestor and a safety harness

Falls and falling objects are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Therefore you must always protect yourself from falling at heights.