WorkSafe issues reminder on hazards of fragile roofing materials

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WorkSafe has issued a reminder to employers about the hazards of working on or near brittle or fragile roofing materials.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today employers should ensure they always operate in accordance with the relevant regulations and code of practice.

“WA’s Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 have prescriptive requirements concerning working at heights, including identifying fall hazards such as brittle or fragile roofing materials,” Mr McCulloch said.

“Where brittle or fragile roofing materials form any part of a roof, people accessing the roof need to be informed and be provided with a safe system of work along with instructions or training about the safe system of work to be used.

“Where construction work involves a risk of a person falling more than two metres, the main contractor must ensure that a Safe Work Method Statement is prepared before the work begins.

“In addition, the Code of Practice – Prevention of Falls at Workplaces has been in use in WA since 2004, and should be followed by anyone who has a duty to prevent falls at workplaces.

“As well as providing examples of the types of roofing materials that could be brittle or fragile, the code also provides practical advice on safe systems of work that should be in place where brittle of fragile roofing materials are present.

“Employers need to be aware of all the laws involved when there is a fall risk at their workplace and ensure they have suitable safe work procedures in place.”

Further information on safe work at heights and the code of practice can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.

Media contact: Caroline De Vaney 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only)

caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au

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22 Jun 2016

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