As a building owner or manager, it is your responsibility to ensure the health and safety of any worker carrying out activities on your building, as is reasonably practical. Keeping you compliant and your workers safe is our top priority.
PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is relevant to Australian-based businesses only. For more information on legal requirements in other regions, please contact us directly.
The reality of working at heights
Working at heights remains a high-risk activity and is one of the leading causes of death and serious injury in Australia.
Related to falling from height from 2021-2022
Of fatalities occur from a height of 3 metres or less
The estimated annual cost of height safety issues in Australia
What are your obligations?
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 outlines the general legal requirements of building owners and other responsible parties for keeping workers safe while carrying out work in, on or around your building. Section 19 of the 2011 WHS Act is law states:
A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of business or undertaking.
This includes requirements to minimise the risk of falls so far as is reasonably practicable by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system.
Common height safety misconceptions
Ignorance is no excuse. No matter who you are - employer, employee, contractor, building owner, facility manager, designer, installer or manufacturer - we all have a Duty of Care to ensure safe practices are adhered to when work is being conducted at height.
Height safety obligation resources
Find our who has a duty of care to ensure safe practices are adhered to when work is being conducted at height.
Explore an overview of the different layers of legislation that are relevant to the height safety industry.
Confused by the terminology? We have broken down what each layer in the hierarchy of legislation means.
Get expert advice
Work with a height safety specialist to ensure you and your workers are being provided with the best fall protection.
Get in touch with our expert team who will provide you with further information and provide details for a height safety specialist in your area.