Spate of falls incidents prompts SafeWork warning

SafeWork NSW is urging businesses and workers across the State to take extreme care after two workers were killed and eight others seriously injured in falls from heights since the beginning of the year.

Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy said working from heights was hazardous and businesses needed to have safety systems in place. “These incidents highlight that a fall, even from a relatively low height, can result in serious injury or death,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Tragically, most of these incidents could have been prevented had safe work systems such as safety harnesses or work platforms been used. During 2013/14 there were 4,170 workers compensation claims for falls from heights at a cost of more than $49 million. We’re urging NSW businesses to review their safety systems so that no more workers are injured.”

To read the full Media Release, please visit the Workcover NSW website.

February 11th 2016

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