Intent – To eliminate or minimise the risks of fatalities, injuries and events arising from working at height and using elevated work platforms. Working at heights is defined as works where the requirement exists to wear a fall arrest/restraint harness.

Critical Controls

  • Working-at-heights activities are identified at the work planning stage 
  • Ground conditions are assessed for EWP operations 
  • Fall and edge protection equipment is fit for use 
  • EWP (including scissor lift) operators are verified as competent for specific items of plant 
  • Personnel working at heights are trained and competent (W@H is defined as where the requirement exists to wear a fall arrest/restraint harness) 
  • A working at heights permit is in place when personal fall protection equipment is in use (excepting EWPs) 
  • Controls such as lanyards, screens and barriers are in place to prevent and manage dropped objects 
  • Physical barriers, barricading and lockouts to prevent entry by persons are installed directly beneath and immediately adjacent to areas where work is occurring above 
  • Permit to Work in place to manage removal of permanent guardrails and grid mesh 
  • Operation of plant used for Work at Heights is effectively managed i.e. EWP, scissor lift, mast climbers, swing stage etc. 
  • A rescue plan for working at heights is in place and resources are available 
  • Anchor points and barriers used during working at heights are fit for purpose 
  • Penetrations are effectively managed 

For all supporting documents refer to PS Working at Heights 

PS Working at Heights - Safety management system

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