SAFE WORK PROCEDURE SWP 015 WORKING AT HEIGHT SEPTEMBER 2013 DOC. NO. D13/248399

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1 Operation Brief Description of Activity Limitations MORELAND CITY COUNCIL Operations Centre 7-9 Walter Street Hadfield Vic 3046 Tel: Working at height Approved by the Walter Street OHS committee Date: September 2014 This Safe Work Procedure contains the methods and procedures for the safe management of working at height where people perform work in an elevated position and there is the potential for injury due to a fall. This Safe Work Procedure is applicable to the all staff that may be required to work at height using ladders, mechanical equipment or working platforms. Operator Skill Requirement Unit induction Certificate, License or Other Mandatory Qualification Required Victorian Driver s Licence for Class of Vehicle Falls from height training First Aid level 2, CPR Safe Work Procedures and Risk Assessments to Be Read in Conjunction With This Safe Work Procedure SWP 001 Driving trucks SWP 004 Working Outdoors SWP 005 Working near Overhead Powerlines SWP 010 Dangerous goods and Hazardous Substances SWP 011 Manual Handling Workplace Conditions Affecting Safety Weather rain, fog, frost, visibility, temperature, sun glare. Traffic- Vehicles, people, animals, Buildings- Roof integrity, access points, certified anchor points, 2 person rescue plan Others? SI 008 Key!OHS " Public Health and Safety # Environmental $ Quality Page 1 of 6

2 Incidents and Safety Alerts Nil Personal Protective Equipment Critical Steps in this Activity Potential Hazards Risk Controls Mobile Plant and Vehicles Use of mobile plant and vehicles! " # $ Safety Sunglasses, High Visibility Vest, Safety Footwear, Protective Headwear, Protective Eyewear, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Harness/Lanyard, karabiner, slings/ traps, inertia reels Refer to Safe Work Procedures: SWP 001 Driving Trucks, SWP 003 Driving Cars, Vans and Utilities General Precautions for Manual Work Activities All manual outdoor tasks! " # $ Refer to Safe Work Procedures: SWPO004 Working Outdoors, SWP 009 noise, SWP 011 Manual Handling Supervisors People in control of tasks Traffic Control Plan Ensure public aware of operations! " # $ Collisions with pedestrians and vehicles Warning beacons activated, signs in place SI 008 Key!OHS " Public Health and Safety # Environmental $ Quality Page 2 of 6

3 Critical Steps in this Activity Potential Hazards Risk Controls Identification of Fall Hazards when working from heights. These tasks include: Undertaking site inspection Conducting a risk assessment Roof repairs Gutters Cleaning Working from elevated platforms Scaffolds Buildings work Graffiti removal Sign installation/ removal Working on trucks Risks of the Task Workers are handling unstable or cumbersome objects that can be caught in the wind The task is lengthy an exposes workers to the risk for long periods time Workers use chemicals such as solvents or paints that may cause dizziness or loss coordination New or inexperienced workers are involved in the task Utilize Moresafe Working from Height checklist for identification of Risks associated with falls from height Utilize the Work safe Code of Practice for Prevention of Falls in General Construction Falls from height training to be provided to relevant personnel on regular basis, Working at Height procedure to include : Safe access to the work area Provision of formal rescue / emergency plan and Provision of formal training and assessment process Assessment of weather conditions and its impact Assessment of ground level and floor conditions Assessment of appropriate risk controls Ladder safety, determination of correct ladder for access And the achievement of acceptable ladder ratio Safety and personal protective equipment Training program and supervision Record keeping SI 008 Key!OHS " Public Health and Safety # Environmental $ Quality Page 3 of 6

4 Risks within the Working Environment The slope of the raised work surface makes it difficult for workers to maintain their balance The work surface is slippery ( wet, oily, dusty or glazed) The work surface is uneven ( e.g. broken ground) The work surface is too cramped, preventing workers from moving freely Tools, work materials and debris clutter the work surface Workers carry out the task in adverse weather conditions (e.g. rain, strong or gusty winds, extreme heat or high humidity ) There are unprotected edges or penetrations that are difficult to see because of obstructions, glare or deep shadows materials, large tools or equipment need to be manually carried up to the job Several different contractors are in the same work area at the same time Pedestrians or road traffic interfere with the workers doing the task SI 008 Key!OHS " Public Health and Safety # Environmental $ Quality Page 4 of 6

5 If there is a risk that a fall may occur, you need to put in place measures to control the risk. The primary duty is to eliminate the risk If this is not possible then consideration should be given to the hierarchy of controls. Only when it is not possible to use a higher order control may you proceed to use a control at the next lower level Level 1 Undertake work on ground or solid construction ( This is the best level of control if the risk cannot be eliminated) Level 2 Undertake the work using a passive fall protection device (e.g. Temporary work platform, scaffolds, EWP etc.) Level 3 Work positioning system ( e.g. Travel restraint system) Level 4 Fall injury prevention systems (e.g. Safety nets ) Level 5 Portable ladders Administrative Risk Controls This is a system of work involving employees in the development of work procedures that help reduce he exposure of the employees to fall hazards Toolbox meetings prior to inspection Development JSA for inspection process Use of checklists to identify potential hazards Use of Hi- Viz safety jackets whilst undertaking inspections Careful parking of works vehicle to ensure minimal interference with traffic, pedestrians SI 008 Key!OHS " Public Health and Safety # Environmental $ Quality Page 5 of 6

6 Identification of other hazards which may include - noise - chemicals and hazardous substances - heat stress - plant hazards ( operation of moving equipment ) - electrical hazards - explosion and fire Exposure to hazardous substances Contact with other vehicles, plant Contact with electrical hazards 1. References Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 Part 3.3 Prevention of Falls Code of Practice for Safe Work on Roofs (excluding villa constructions (Amendment No1) Guidance Note on the Prevention of Falls in Construction Work AS/NZS 4576 Guidelines for Scaffolding AS 6001 Working Platforms Housing Construction AS 1892 Portable ladders 2. General Toolbox meetings prior to inspection Development SWMS for inspection process Use of checklists to identify potential hazards Use of Hi- Viz safety jackets whilst undertaking inspections Careful parking of works vehicle to ensure minimal interference with traffic, pedestrians Slips and falls while working at heights, on trucks, roofs, ladders, elevated work platforms, or scaffolds can cause fatal or serious accidents. Falls at height are the most common cause of fatalities on building and construction sites, the following situations are particularly hazardous: Work near unprotected open edges of floors and roofs Work near unguarded excavations, trenches, shafts, lift wells Work near unguarded holes, penetrations and voids Work from unstable structure (for example, incomplete scaffolding) Work on or near fragile, brittle surfaces (for example, cement sheet roof, fibreglass roofs, skylights) Generally, if you can fall 2.0 metres or more or where you are welding, oxy acetylene cutting and other tasks involving restricted vision, fall protection must be used. SI 008 Key!OHS " Public Health and Safety # Environmental $ Quality Page 6 of 6

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