June 1, 2017
Ladders, steps and stairs. What to use and when
Ladders are pretty straightforward, right? Think again. The Australian Standard AS 1657 is very specific in defining platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders. Unfortunately, far too many buildings have the wrong ladder in the wrong place, exposing their owners to court action in the event of a tragic fall. The following is a handy overview of the requirements surrounding ladders, steps and stairs.
June 25, 2015
New rules for fixed ladders
That precarious moment when you step off or onto the top of a ladder has been the focus of new material released by Safe Work Australia.
May 13, 2015
Safe work at height rules update
Safe Work Australia published a revision of the model Code of Practice, Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces (“Code”) in March. Chief among the changes…
April 21, 2015
The difference between fall arrest and fall restraint may sound like little more than a technicality, but the reality is so much more. Selecting one of these systems will leave long-lasting legacies for the worker
October 8, 2014
The Height Of Safety
Working at height remains one of the greatest risks to the safety of HVAC&R technicians nationwide. And the incidence of falls continues to alarm, with Safe Work Australia reporting 51 related fatalities in the construction industry between 2007 and 2012
September 5, 2014
Roof Anchors: How to be certain they comply with Australian Standards
Thousands of Australians clip their harnesses to Safety Roof Anchors every day. Their considered lifesavers. Compliance to Australian Standards and independent oversight through 3rd party certification are critical aspects to the design, manufacture and testing of roof anchors, ensuring the safety and reliability of a fall prevention system
April 14, 2014
A building certifier’s friend: the new AS/NZS 5532 for height safety anchors
What makes a roof safety anchor truly safe? Until now, nobody knew for sure and suppliers of roof safety anchors….
February 14, 2014
Are you ready for the revised AS1657 on walkways, ladders and platforms?
The revised Australian Standard AS1657 for fixed ladders, platforms and walkways released in October 2013 plugs some serious holes. Guard rails made of rubber, for example, are now explicitly unacceptable