Two company directors were convicted over the death of an employee when the partially built floor he was working on collapsed after more than 10 tonnes of building blocks were placed on it.
Two companies have recently been fined for failing to provide edge protection on a building site, prompting a reminder from WorkSafe WA on the prevention of falls.
The owner of a Broome resort was fined $60,000 over an incident in 2006 that left an employee permanently disabled.
Designing good harnesses for people working at height has meant facing some difficult challenges, not the least of which has been that, over the last 10 years, there has been a gradual change in the body size and weight of the people who work at height that we are working to protect.
The discovery of safety anchor systems in extremely unsafe conditions in New Zealand has prompted an urgent call-to-action from a leading height safety industry association.
The Spyda temporary fall arrest anchor point is suited to builders, roofers and maintenance personnel working at heights. The temporary anchor point is rated at 22 kN and provides uniform load distribution in the event of a fall.
The DBI-Sala ExoFit XP Flotation Harness incorporates an AS/NZS1891.1 certified fall-arrest harness and a personal flotation device (PFD) in one unit, to provide both fall protection and buoyancy control for the professionals working on or near the water.
The DBI-Sala Force2 Wind Energy Rescue Lanyard features rescue D-rings, large scaffold hooks for large rails or other oversized anchor points, a shock pack cover to mitigate abrasion, as well as integral wear sleeves on each lanyard tail to provide additional protection when working over structures or leading edges. Each Force2 lanyard is rated to 160 kg, designed for workers who need to access areas with a risk of fall arrest and have a combined body weight with tools and equipment up to 160 kg. Additionally, each hook is rated to 16 kN providing added security by removing the risk of forced rollout caused by excessive gate loading.
The Soll Xenon Interfix roof bracket and the Millerfix anchor point have been added to the range of anchorage devices of Miller fall protection products.
Komatsu Australia’s facilities cover the whole of Queensland, from Brisbane in the south to Cairns in the north, and west to Mt Isa, including heavy-duty mining equipment such as loaders, excavators and bulldozers. As a major manufacturer and supplier of mining and construction equipment, the company fosters an ongoing program of continuous improvement in safety performance.
The updated industrial fall arrest standard AS/NZS 1891.4 2009 contains an appendix that provides valuable additional information and guidance on the provision of training and competence.