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SA builders and contractors urged to work together to prevent fall from height injuries

Apr 26th 2022

SA builders and contractors urged to work together to prevent fall from height injuries

SafeWork SA reminds builders and contractors to work together to reduce the risks of falls from height in workplaces during 'April No-Falls.'

SafeWork SA statistics show the construction industry accounted for 48% of all serious notifiable injuries associated with a fall from height and 86% of identified non-compliances in 2021.

SafeWork SA 2020 data shows that 35% of serious injuries occurred in the residential construction sector.

SafeWork supports the South Australian Construction Safety Alliance (SACSA) working at heights initiative to reduce fall risks on SA construction sites.

SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell said, "the continued use of portable ladders to work at height in the residential construction sector is of great concern."

"It should be foreseeable to builders and contractors that the continued use of portable ladders will result in a serious injury due to their instability. Portable ladders are only suitable for light-duty work for short durations."

"I have advised my inspectors to take greater enforcement action against duty holders that are not following the hierarchy of controls and allowing portable ladders to be used inappropriately", said Mr Campbell.

For more on this story, visit the SafeWork SA website.

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