Working at heights

Follow this Safe Work Procedure when working at heights. “Working at heights” is defined as any height from which a fall could occur.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

Worker must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by person in charge of the workplace.

What equipment do you need?

  • Boots (or other slip resistant footwear if more appropriate)
  • Equipment selected must be fit for purpose and in good working condition. Equipment that may be used to work at heights includes:
    • Ladders, including fixing ropes
    • Scaffolding
    • Edge protection
    • Mechanical access plant/equipment

General Procedure

  • Check to see if the job can be done without working at height (i.e. use a long-handled tool)
  • If using a portable ladder:
    • Check it first to make sure it is in good condition and strong enough for the job
    • Use the lockable spreader
    • Stand ladder on firm level base
    • Tie top and bottom of ladder to secure it, or get someone to hold it
    • Keep three points of contact when climbing up and down the ladder
    • Don’t overreach when on the ladder – move the ladder instead.
  • Use a fall prevention system if it is available and you have been trained how to use it
  • If you are concerned that you can’t do the work safely for whatever reason - don’t do it

What are the risks?

Impact injuries

Where can you find more information?

WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines “Preventing slips, trips and falls on farms”.