An inspection program of construction sites in Perth has found a high level of compliance with workplace safety laws.
The Mine Safety Investigation Unit is investigating a recent incident involving a worker suffering head injuries after falling from a dump truck at a mine site in NSW.
Two companies have been fined a total of $1.5 million over the death of a worker who fell 40 metres when a piling rig collapsed at a Melbourne construction site in 2011.
Recent falls from height on building facade work have been recorded from both rope access applications and from the use of building maintenance units (BMUs). These incidents have again raised discussions on which is the safer of the two technologies.
Despite alarming statistics provided by Safe Work Australia that indicate falls from height remain the number one cause of death in the construction industry, many workers continue to avoid using proper fall protection equipment.
Going back 12 to 18 months ago, the height safety industry was abuzz with information, publications and news items about the changes to Australian Standard AS/NZS 5532. But now that the dust has settled, have we all become a little too complacent?
There are some working-at-height applications where environmental factors can affect the performance of PPE. In such circumstances, incorrect product selection could have catastrophic results.
Recent accidents from working-at-height activities highlight the need to re-enforce the basic principles that must be observed to ensure that the risks from falls are to be minimised through the correct design, installation, testing and recertification of working-at-height anchorage systems.
Capital Safety has added the DBI-SALA Rollgliss Rope-Mate Mechanical Prusik to its RollglissTechnical Rescue range.