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WHS 11 – What is Working at Heights? 2016-11-07T12:44:54+00:00


What is Working at Heights?

AUST  Hendry assessors advise there is significant responsibilities held by occupiers who manages workplaces under various Work Health Safety Acts and Health Safety Regulations.

Working at Heights is an identified risk in many industries such as transport, commercial and domestic construction, utility services, and telecommunications, and in buildings, workplaces and sites, where falls can and do occur when working at heights. Hendry assessors provide Working at Heights audits and assessment services for building owners, managers and workplace supervisors designed to ensure that they are aware of State or national Working at Heights legislation. Our audits of working at heights provide risk assessment and documentation, and advise where possible how risk can be eliminated or mitigated.

Since the employer has a general duty of care obligation (for working at heights) to provide a safe workplace environment at any height, existing workplace practices form an integral part of the Working at Heights risk mitigation strategy involved. The risks associated with Working at Heights identified by our assessors as a result of an audit therefore, can be placed within the broader framework of existing workplace practices in order to arrive at workable controls that assist in protecting all concerned. Risk mitigation control options required in Working at Heights legislation form a mandatory hierarchy which relates solely to the risks associated with falling from heights and informs the risk assessment process.

Areas assessed through working at heights audits include, but are not limited to:

  • Roof Access
  • Path of Travel
  • Working on Plant & Equipment
  • Ladder Compliance
  • Internal Roof Spaces
  • Cellar Access
  • Loading Bays
  • Elevated Walkways

Utilising the hierarchy of Working at Heights control measures, Hendry assessors assist employers, managers and work place supervisors through:

  • Identify the hazards involved in Working at Heights.
  • Assessing the risks
  • Advising on how to best mitigate the risk
  • Monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the Working at Heights control measures

Hendry Assessors have the expertise necessary to conduct Working at Heights audits, make recommendations and to guide employers, managers and workplace supervisors through the Working at Heights process.

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