NSW issues height safety warning

Tuesday, 19 December, 2006

A series of height-safety-related accidents on construction sites has prompted WorkCover NSW to issue a warning for the busy lead-up period to Christmas.

The incidents saw one worker die and three more injured after falls from heights on NSW building sites.

"There are several areas of extreme fall risk when working at heights " for example, from the edge of a structure or through a roof or stairwell void," NSW Minister for Commerce, John Della Bosca said.

"Employers need to consider the appropriate use of stable and secure fenced work platforms and safety mesh."

The WorkCover website has specific publications and guidance material on height safety to assist employers and workers.

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