Safe Work Australia release the latest "Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia" report.

Safe Work Australia has released its latest "Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia" report, which revealed that in 2017 alone, there were 197 workplace fatalities, with "falls from height" being the second leading cause behind "Vehicle Incidents".

28 people died falling from height in 2017, and more specifically:

  • 14% fell from ladders
  • 15% fell from a roof
  • 11% fell through openings in floors, walls or ceiling,

These figures highlight the need for increased attention on providing appropriate height safety equipment, adequate training and enforcing its proper use. Aside from the fatalities listed, the number of injuries in relation to the above is much higher, costing millions in lost productivity and having potentially devastating impacts upon those injured and their families. Most accidents can be avoided by ensuring use of proper PPE, and having the appropriate safety equipment is installed onsite.

Business owners and operators of commercial premises have a moral obligation and a primary duty of care to provide a safe work environment free from hazards to health and safety, and failure to do so can result in large fines being issued. Understanding how to comply with the regulations and provide a safe working environment for those working at heights can be daunting, Specialised Access Solutions can take the headache out of safety compliance by providing:

Contact Specialised Access Solutions for assistance in meeting your safety obligations today.

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