What are falls? Employers have a duty to ensure their workplace is safe, and this means controlling the risk of falls from any height. Analysis has shown that the risk of serious injury from a fall is much higher in falls from two metres or more. The prevention of falls part of the OHS Regulations applies when there is a risk of a fall of more than 2 metres. Typical falls that cause death and injury include those resulting from:
• using unsafe or incomplete scaffolds
• inappropriate ladders/ladder use • falling from or through roofs
• falling from trucks
• falling into holes, pits or shafts
• accessing shelving
• accessing mezzanine areas.
What injuries can falls cause? Falls from height are a common cause of death in workplaces across Victoria. Even from a relatively low height, a fall can cause very serious injuries, including fractures, spinal cord injury, concussions and brain damage.
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