Risk Assessment and Analysis

  • Hazard Assessment
  • Control Measures
  • Risk Assessment Check List

Background:

There have been several recent incidents where roof guardrails have failed on edge protection systems when force is applied by workers or materials.

Last month, a construction worker fell five meters when the guardrails on the edge protection system gave way when he leant against it.

An investigation found the guardrail had been removed to load a piece of plant onto the roof. The guardrails was replaced, but was not secured appropriately.

Control measures
Work Safe experts:

  • Any edge protection system to be erected, used and maintain according to supplier information.
  • A thorough inspection is done by a competent person at least monthly or following an occurrence that may have affected the stability or adequacy of the edge protection system.
  • Regular visual checks are undertaken to identify defects and any unauthorised alterations of the edge protection system.
  • Any identified defects to be rectified immediately. These repairs must be assessed and signed off by a competent person.

Safety Equipment

  • Ladder Safety
  • Step-Ladders
  • Extension ladders

Guard Rails

  • Assembly

Who has health and safety duties in relation to falls?
A person conducting a business or undertaking work on roofs has the primary duty under the WHS Act to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that workers and other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from work on roofs.
A person conducting a business or undertaking has more specific obligations under the WHS Regulations to manage the risk of a fall by a person from one level to another, including requirements to: ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction