A major utility company that is responsible for the delivery of water and wastewater services in Queensland, requires many of its workers to wear fall protection equipment - specifically full-body safety harnesses every day - to work in physically harsh and dirty conditions.
WorkSafe WA is urging employers with workplaces that may contain fall hazards to ensure their workplaces are safe from fall injuries.
WorkCover NSW is investigating an incident at a construction site where a worker was seriously injured after falling five floors off scaffolding.
Working with Travel 8 static line systems, Pilot Traveller provides continuous fall protection on all roof surfaces. The smooth operation of the traveller continues around corners and over intermediates without the need to detach from the system.
Workers who have to carry out tasks at height are exposed to some of the most significant risks for any industry. It should come as no surprise that standards bodies and safety authorities highly regulate the work methods of such workers and the safety equipment they use. But it may surprise many to learn that our comprehensive standards don’t cover the structural point that is designated to support the forces that are generated when arresting a fall - the anchor points.
A major revamp of the fans and their associated safety and maintenance equipment at the Railcorp Explorer and Endeavour Service Centre in Sydney has been carried out by the Turnkey Fitout Division of Fanquip. The Service Centre, which is located in the North Eveleigh Precinct at Australian Technology Park, had old and outdated fan equipment that required considerable maintenance, frequently exposing workers to the hazards of working at height.
It seems that in a world dominated by social and corporate responsibility, little of this goodwill is cascading down to the operational grassroots of roof maintenance and inspection work. Either that, or initial good intentions are being changed or diluted by people with little regard for people’s safety or insufficient experience to make good decisions about roof safety.
A Western Australia flooring company has been fined $4000 for failing to provide edge protection on a building site after a subcontractor fell 2.4 m through an unprotected stairwell void.
The Haulotte Star 6P is a battery-electric, vertical mast stock picker with a 90 kg capacity adjustable stock-picking tray. It has a working height of 6 m, a platform height of 4 m and a width of just 0.76 m.
The Soll GlideLoc fall-protection climbing system can be permanently installed on buildings, towers and masts and comprises a guided-type fall arrester which glides up and down a steel or aluminium notched guide rail.
The DBI-Sala Rollgliss R500 rescue and escape device provides fast and safe rescue for a wide range of work areas.