1. Consult with relevant workers, contractors, sub-contractors and health and safety representatives involved with the high risk construction work, the activities on site regarding involvement, associated hazards, risks and controls methods used.
2. Working at heights (and preventing falls) in the construction industry is considered to be a high risk construction activity and must be included in the SWMS?ʼ
3. Select the type of control measure you are initiating to prevent falls and to complete your job task safely.
4. Select the appropriate control measure or the combination of control measures and apply these control measures. When selecting control measures, always use the hierarchy of control measures system. That is; minimise hazard and therefore the risk by completing one or more of the following:
a) Eliminate the risks as far as is reasonably practicable
b) If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the hazard, minimise the hazards by completing the following hierarchy of control measures.
• substituting the hazard
• isolating the hazard
• implementing engineering controls
c) If the risk remains, apply administrative controls to further minimise the hazard.
If the risk remains, minimise the remaining risk by ensuring the provision and use of suitable of personal protective equipment (PPE).