WAHA NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Is Your Confined Space Rescue Plan Up To Scratch?

It is still a common, albeit not acceptable, occurrence to walk into a workplace within Australia and review a confined space entry permit, only to find that the ‘rescue plan’
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Key WHS Statistics – Australia 2022

Each year, Safe Work Australia produces national work health and safety statistics, providing important evidence on the state of work health and safety in Australia. Key Work Health and Safety
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WA release Health and Safety Bulletin No. 6 Requirements for flying foxes (zip lines)

Source: SafeWork WA. It has come to the attention of WorkSafe that there are potentially several hundred flying foxes in operation across Western Australia. A flying fox is an amusement
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Consultation now open: Safe Work Australia

Source: Safe Work Australia Safe Work Australia is calling for feedback on the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations relating to Major Hazard Facilities (MHFs). The purpose of this
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Construction workers seriously injured in spate of falls

WorkSafe Victoria is reminding employers of the risks associated with working from heights after a spate of serious injuries in the construction industry. Source: WorkSafe Victoria On 26 July, an
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Managing Psychological Hazards at Work.

Course: Safe Work Australia New model WHS Regulations and Code of Practice to help prevent psychological harm at work. Preventing psychological harm is an essential part of creating a healthy
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House moving company and director fined over workplace roof fall

Source: WorkSafe QLD A Queensland house moving company and its director have been fined a total of $60,000 over a work safety incident where a worker fell from a roof.
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Safe Work Australia release Guide to Managing Industrial Rope Access

Source: Safe Work Australia The Guide to managing risks of industrial rope access systems was released in June 2022. An industrial rope access system is a work positioning system used for gaining
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SafeWork NSW Construction Inspectors are now targeting unsafe rooftop solar installations.

Source: SafeWork NSW 04 July 2022 From June to December 2022, SafeWork Inspectors will be targeting rooftop solar installations across NSW to address serious non-compliance. In 2021, when checking solar
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Company fined $600,000 following apprentice’s death.

Source: Work Safe Victoria – Friday 24 Jun 2022 A road tanker manufacturer has been convicted and fined $600,000 following the asphyxiation death of an apprentice while working inside a
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Roofing company fined after worker’s fall.

Source: Work Safe Victoria – Friday 10 Jun 2022 A roofing company has been fined $20,000 after a fall at a residential construction site in Mount Duneed. CSR Building Products
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Amendments to the model WHS laws

Amendments to the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws have been published on the Safe Work Australia website:model WHS Act and Explanatory Memorandummodel WHS Regulations and Explanatory Statement The amendments implement a number
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Are You Keeping Your Workers Safe?

Article by WAHA CEO Scott Barber, for Sourceable. With workplace risk profiles constantly changing and the training & equipment maintenance requirements increasing each year, many organisations go into reactive mode
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Australian Government Announce Skills Reform

To support the future growth and prosperity of our nation, the Australian, state and territory governments are committed to improving the vocational education and training (VET) system through reform: a
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Workplace Health & Safety Show – Melbourne

The countdown is on until the Workplace Health & Safety Show Melbourne, 25 & 26 May 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. You are invited to join Scott Barber,
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Recent News from Standards Australia

The ASNZS 1891:2009 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices, Part 4: Selection, use and maintenance is currently under review by the SF015 Committee of Standards Australia. A proposal has also been
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Know Your Duties – Construction Risk

Construction work can be hazardous, with SafeWork Australia data highlighting that 21 workers lost their lives because of a work-related incident in the construction industry in 2021. The most common
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Are You Rescue Ready?

 by Scott Barber, for Sourceable. The following is guidance from the Working at Heights Association about being ready to rescue a worker who is injured when working at height. #1 Update
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Company and director fined $320,000 after unprotected fall

Source: WorkSafe Victoria. A residential building company and its director have been convicted and fined a total of $320,000 after a renderer was seriously injured when he fell 3.2 metres
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Does a Height Safety Qualification mean a Safe Operator?

Article by Michael Biddle, for Sourceable. Does my Height Safety Qualification Make Me a Safe Operator? It’s not always an easy question to answer, as the reality is that there
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Fall Protection in the Construction Industry & Important COVID-19 Precautions.

by Scott Barber for Sourceable. Working at height is a high-risk activity and a leading cause of death and serious injury within the construction industry. In fact, Safe Work Australia reports
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Abattoir fined $35,000 after worker’s fall

A mutton abattoir has been convicted and fined $35,000 after an employee fell from a raised platform and hit his head in 2019. Ararat Abattoirs Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in
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Near-miss leads to $25,000 fine for unsafe lifting

A heavy-duty trailer manufacturer has been convicted and ordered to pay more than $30,000 after a trailer fell while being lifted, narrowly missing three workers. MaxiTRANS Australia Pty Ltd was
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WA releases draft work health and safety regulations

Original Article Posted at Safety Solutions Magazine. Western Australia has released exposure drafts of regulations for the Work Health and Safety Act 2020, ahead of the commencement of major work health
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SafeWork Australia Release New Guidance

Source: SafeWork Australia. Have your workplace arrangements changed recently? It’s important to remember that COVID-19 risk management is an ongoing process, not a one-off. See our website for information on
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Engineering company fined $300K after fatal crush incident

Original Article Published with Safety Solutions Magazine. Engineering company Andrew Buchanan Engineering Ltd has been fined $300,000, following an incident in which a worker was fatally crushed at a Leitchville
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Ladder safety systems vs ladder cages: the new shift

Original article By Scott Barber, CEO of WAHA, for Safety Solutions Magazine. Regular access to elevated points on buildings or structures to perform routine maintenance or other tasks is not uncommon.
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WAHA Technical Meetings to resume in 2022

As a voice for industry, our industry tiers of membership reflects leadership in the field. To support our members and help maintain our position as a leading advocate for safety,
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COVID-19 Management Liability

COVID-19’s implications for your management liability The pandemic raises an extra layer of unpredictability for directors and officers of companies, so this article is a handy checklist about what you
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At height risks in construction: a more holistic approach

This Article was written by the WAHA CEO, Scott Barber, for Safety Solutions. When it comes to deaths and serious injuries resulting from falls from height, construction workers top the
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Work-related fatalities in 2020

Safe Work Australia has published the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2020 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured at work.  While the
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WAHA Release New Industry Code

The Working at Height Association is pleased to announce that a new Industry Code has been released! The Industry Code for Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders for Working at
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Using data to make workplaces safer

Understanding the causes of injury and the industries most affected can help reduce work-related fatalities, injuries and disease. Work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses have a devastating impact on workers, their
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Updated Guidance Material: Managing the risks of working in heat

Working in heat can be hazardous and is a common cause of harm among Australian workers. Some common risks of working in heat include heat-related illness, dehydration, burns and reduced concentration.  Safe
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Worker seriously injured in fall from roof

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WAHA Announcement: Richard Millar

Dear Members and Colleagues, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Millar on the 26th of August 2021, due to a recent battle with cancer.
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New guidance available for inspecting and maintaining elevating work platforms

Did you know that elevating work platforms, or EWPs, need to be inspected at least annually? Safe Work Australia has published new guidance for inspecting and maintaining EWPs. Elevating work
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What Solar Installers Must Know about Working at Heights

Working on roofs involves a high degree of risk, Safe Work NSW and other State and Federal Regulators have been concerned at the mounting number of injuries and death when
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The Need for a Uniformed Approach to Training

The Working At Height Association of Australia (WAHA) forum, addresses working at height training requirements. IN EARLY MAY 2021, WAHA ORGANISED A forum bringing together principal trade associations, representatives from
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Cranes and lifting equipment a serious injury risk

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland confirm there have been numerous incidents at Queensland workplaces this year involving cranes and lifting equipment that had the potential to cause serious injury to
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Amendment to Australian Standard: 1891 Part 4

Updated Australian Standard: 1891 Part 4 An amendment has been released for ASNZS 1891.4 – Industrial Fall-arrest systems and Devices: Selection Use and Maintenance.The amendment is not to any content
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WA Director Jailed for Workplace Fatality

What has happened? A small business owner has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment (plus an additional 18 months suspended), a $2,250 fine and his company fined $605,000 in the
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SafetyCast – Working at Heights

Did you know that most people who are seriously injured or killed, fall from a height of four metres or less. Ladders, incomplete scaffolds, a roof edge or falling through
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Understanding our Duty of Care and Legal Responsibilities

Article by Deborah Chick Statistically, falls from heights remain one of the biggest causes of death, disability and injury in workplaces in Australia. Any time there is a risk of
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SafeWork NSW – Rooftop Solar Installation

Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, has announced (statement here) that SafeWork NSW inspectors are targeting rooftop solar panel installation, as part of our ongoing focus on reducing fatalities and
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Those Working at Height need to be Properly Trained

Article by Richard Millarfor Sourceable The Australian workforce has many trades and occupations that require workers to use their skills in their chosen occupation. Such workers are expected to be trained
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Who can perform Working at Heights Equipment Inspections?

Article by Deborah Chick The topic of performing Equipment Inspections on working at heights PPE and equipment is one of the most widely discussed within industry, and yet it comes
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WorkSafe QLD – Codes of practice updated

Nearly all national safe work codes of practice have been reviewed and updated by the Queensland Government and other states and territories, to come into effect 1 March 2021. This
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Does my Height Safety qualification make me a safe operator?

Article by Michael Biddle I am often asked by asset owners how they can assure that the contractors they engage for working at height on their building and structures are
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At height: risk assessments, dos & don’ts and fall protection systems

By Richard Millar, Chief Executive Officer, Working at Height Association  Working at height remains one of the greatest causes of fatalities and major injuries on Australian work sites, with many
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Managing the Risk of Falls in the Workplace

Article by Richard Millar, CEO of the WAHA for Cranes&LIfting Magazine. The purpose of this article is to provide generic advice on inspection regimes for fall arrest equipment incorporating energy-absorbing
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Inspecting Fall Arrest Systems and Harnesses

Article by WAHA CEO, Richard Millar for Sourceable. Employers and users of fall arrest equipment are responsible for maintenance of their fall arrest equipment. As can be seen in the
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Know Your Fall Arrest Harnesses When Working at Height

By Richard Millar, Chief Executive Officer, Working at Height Association  When working at height, what different types of safety harnesses exist? How do these operate? What mistakes are common when
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WAHA Compliance Statement: ASNZS 5532 – Single Point Anchors for Harness Based Work at Height

Background There have been numerous requests for advice as to the status of AS/NZS 5532:2013, the Australian and New Zealand Standard for ‘Manufacturing requirements for single-point anchor device used for
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Why an Industry Code for Height Safety Installations?

Ongoing accidents caused by workers falling from heights exemplify the need for an industry code for height safety installations. Here Working At Heights Association (WAHA) CEO Richard Millar outlines the
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Getting Confined Spaces Back Into Harmony

Article By Gordon Cadzow, Secretary of WAHA – for National Safety Magazine. There still remains significant confusion around the obligations of PCBUs (employers) and operators in working in confined space
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How Safe is Your Height Safety System?

Article by Gordon Cadzow, Secretary of the WAHA. Those designing buildings and structures have a responsibility to consider all aspects of safety over the life of the building or structure
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