WHSQ Incident updates: Serious falls from height at the Gold CoastJuly 24 2017
There have been several recent falls from height at the Gold Coast which are being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).
In the 11 July 2017 incident in Ashmore, a worker fell through non-structural, non-weight bearing polycarbonate sheeting (alsynite) from a roof to the floor 4m below. Fortunately he was not seriously injured. Corrugated polycarbonate sheeting is not usually of structural grade nor suitable to walk upon and it can be further weakened by ultra-violet light.
Preventing a similar incident
This incident highlights that all roofs should be treated as fragile until a competent person has confirmed they are not. No sheeted roof should be relied on to bear a person’s weight.
No sheeted roof should be relied on to bear a person’s weight. This includes the roof ridge and purlins. Roofs are likely to be fragile if they are made with:
- asbestos roofing sheets
- polycarbonate or plastic commonly used in skylights
- roof lights, particularly those in the roof plane that can be difficult to see in certain light conditions or when hidden by paint
- fibre cement sheets
- liner panels on built-up sheeted roofs
- metal sheets and fasteners where corroded
- glass, including wired glass
- chipboard or similar material where rotted
- wood slabs, slates and tiles.
Read the full article here: WHSQ Incident Update: Serious falls from height at the Gold Coast
WAHA releases E-News – Safe Working at Height – More than a Fall Issue!May 17 2017
Australia’s Working at Heights Association releases E-News article: We are all aware of the dangers and risks associated with Working at Height. However, when we think about the risk, we tend …
WAHA Standards UpdateNovember 3 2016
Standards Update The SF015 Committee is continuing with the process of splitting Part 1 of the Standard into 3 sections – Lanyard Assemblies, Harnesses and Connectors to allow both easier referencing …
WAHA Newsletter Article: Anchor System ManagementJuly 15 2016
Purpose The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform all Facility and Property Managers on the important of sourcing and maintaining documentation on installed anchor systems. There are community expectations for …
RISsafety completes the Commonwealth Bank Adelaide Oval RoofClimbApril 6 2016
RISsafety today completed the design and construction of the Commonwealth Bank Adelaide Oval RoofClimb across the top of the Western and Southern stands of this iconic Adelaide landmark. This adventure experience …
WAHA Article: Endorsed Training Course DevelopmentMarch 29 2016
WAHA today published an article that explains the intentions of the association to develop the minimum elements and performance criteria required for a Basic Safe Working at Height course. Click here to …
WAHA releases an article on Australian StandardsMarch 29 2016
WAHA today published an article that provides an update on the current status of the AU/NZS 1891 series, and the AU/NZS 5532:2013 Australian Standards applicable to working safely at heights in Australia …