PS 04 – Working at Heights

The intent of this document is to eliminate or minimise the risks of fatalities, injuries and incidents arising from working at height and using elevated work platforms at Laing O’Rourke workplaces. This standard applies to plant and structures at an elevated level or being used to gain access to an elevated level, work in the vicinity of an opening, void or edge, work on or near a surface through which a person could fall and work on or near a slippery, sloping or unstable surface.

Primary Standard

FSR Critical Controls (field check)

6 thoughts on “PS 04 Working at Heights

  1. E-T-8-0917 Safe Working at Heights Permit has the use of ladders within the template yet there is no mention of the requirement to have a SWAH permit for the use of ladders in HSE Information PS04.3 Ladders nor in PS22 Permits to Work. Please clarify the requirement to have a SWAH Permit when using ladders as highlighted in the permit.

    1. Thanks for the question, Gary. Currently, a Work at Heights permit is required for any activities that require the use of harnesses. In some instances harnesses are used in conjunction with ladders and in these cases a permit would be required.

  2. Note that they hyperlinks to the following documents are not working. Please fix this as a priority.

    HSE Information PS04.1 -Penetration Covers

    HSE Information PS04.2 -PFPE

    HSE Information PS04.3 -Ladders

  3. There is new technology being implemented on EWPs. Instead of anti-crush guarding Niftylift are introducing Nifty SiOPS (Sustained Involuntary Operation Prevention System). SiOPS™ eliminates sustained involuntary operation by interrupting all machine movement if an operator is pushed against the cage controls.

    We should investigate SiOPS and confirm it is an equivalent control, and then update the requirement in PS04 to allow the option to be used in place of “secondary anti-crush guarding”.

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