WE CONTINUE to recognise that August is Tradies National Health Month; a time to raise awareness of the risks posed to those in our community who work in trade occupations.
One particular incident that is all too common in trade industries is falls. That includes falls at ground level (for example, slipping, tripping) or falls from height (for example, from ladders, a roof, scaffolding).
Either type of fall can result in significant and permanent injuries. Tragically, death can also result. These outcomes can be devastating for the injured tradie, their family, friends and colleagues.
Falls can be easily prevented and it is critical that employers take proactive steps to address the risks. Prevention is possible by following four very simple steps:
- Identify hazards
- Assess their risk
- Take steps to eliminate the risk (if it cannot be completely eliminated, ensure the steps you take to guard against it are adequate)
- Monitor performance by continually reviewing 1, 2 and 3
Despite the simplicity of these four steps there are still far too many fall incidents (particularly on construction sites) that could have been prevented.
Tradies can do their part as well by helping keep their employer informed of new and changing hazards in their workplace (or on their work sites).
The health of our tradies is so important to our community, and not just in August, it’s important all year round.
Until next week – Keep it Legal!
*The legal information in this article is of a general nature only and not intended to be legal advice to rely upon.