For housing construction work where the risk of falling is 3 metres or more, or on a roof with a slope over 26°
Before starting work the person conducting the business or undertaking must have:
- Fall prevention controls in place (e.g. edge protection) to prevent a person falling any distance, or where this is not practicable;
- Fall arrest controls that arrest a person's fall (e.g. catch platform) and prevent or minimise the risk of death or injury to a person when the fall is arrested.
The WHS Regulation sets out specific requirements for these types of control measures (s.306E to s. 306J).
Note: Where the risk of falling is 3 metres or more, lower order administrative controls (e.g. training, safe work procedures) are not permitted on their own.
For housing construction work where the risk of falling is less than 3 metres, or on a roof with a slope less than 26°
Before starting work the person conducting the business or undertaking must:
- Identify the hazards that may result in a fall or cause death or injury if a person were to fall e.g. a picket fence or stack of bricks that could cause injury if a person fell on it; and
- Assess the risk of death or injury that may result because of the hazard i.e. how likely is it to happen?, how serious could the injury be?; and
- Use any control measures necessary to prevent, or minimise the risk e.g. catch platform, travel restraint system, no go areas, safe work procedures and training.