There are inherent risks in all types of construction work, but perhaps the most significant is the risk of falls when working at heights. Without strict safety procedures in place, working at heights can lead to serious injury and potentially even death. Around 37% of all fall related fatalities occur whilst carrying out construction work. At Brix Projects, safety is our top priority. In this blog post, we will be highlighting the ways in which we manage risk and keep our workers safe.
Safe Work Australia has set forth a series of requirements for workplace health and safety when working at heights. It is expected that all PCBUS (person conducting a business or undertaking) adhere to these regulations as much as practicable, however the unfortunate reality is that some businesses still fail to meet these guidelines.
Rest assured that Brix Projects pay close attention to the three key requirements, and we will never cut corners. We make sure to:
- Ensure any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction.
- Provide safe means to access and exit a workplace.
- Minimise the risk of falls by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system.
Minimising the Risk of Falls
Brix Projects work with some of the nations leading contractors, all of which have a reputation to uphold. In some cases, it may be possible to go about the project in another way which does not require working at heights. If this is not possible, we will then ensure that appropriate preventative measures are put into place, including:
- Fall Prevention Devices
- Guard Rails/Safety Barriers
- Roof Safety Mesh
- Scaffolding and Elevating Work Platforms
- Training Sessions which teach workers how to install, maintain and use fall prevention systems according to best practice.
Before you arrive on site, we will arrange all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform your role. This includes everything from safety harnesses through to lanyards, anchor points, tool tethers and even hard hat chin straps to stop your helmet falling off and potentially injuring other workers.
NSW Approved Guard Rails
Guard rails are becoming increasingly popular, as they provide the best possible protection against falls. Where an approved rail has been installed, it is not a requirement for workers to wear PPE gear.
It is critical that guard rails provide 100% protection around workspace circulation areas, and they must be either:
- Temporary Edge Protection System – easy to apply just about anywhere through the use of a heavy-duty clamp. The handrail provides a barrier against falls, and height can be adjusted according in order to suit site conditions.
- Fixed Edge Protection Systems – projects with longer timelines may make use of fixed edge protection systems, which will be fixed to the slab floor. This is a more robust, heavy duty system with thicker rails and improved protection.
Safety First – Register with Brix Projects Today
At Brix, we live by the motto of: Think Safe. Work Safe. Go Home Safe. We conduct comprehensive training programs and carry out regular safety audits to ensure our workplace conditions are up to standard. If you ever notice any issues on site, you can report them via text, email or online and they will be dealt with immediately.
By choosing to partner with Brix Projects, you can expect to work on some exciting projects whilst gaining valuable experience and connections within the construction industry. Your safety whilst working at heights is our top priority, and we do everything we can do ensure a safe workplace.