Fall Provention

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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