The Working At Heights Association (WAHA) formally expresses its concern at the high level of unsafe installations of height safety equipment observed by a number of members in commercial and industrial workplaces.
WAHA is concerned that the unsafe installations will result in fatalities and serious compensation claims, if not they have not already, and seeks immediate intervention by the regulator.
Inline with an industry conference WAHA conducted a survey looking at the deteriorating quality of installations and design of fall prevention equipment.
Report table of contents
Available to download from WAHA are the full report of the findings and actions being taken as well as the survey results.
The installer category working group of the Working at Height Association (WAHA), has expressed concern at the deteriorating quality of the installation and design of fall prevention equipment observed during routine inspections.
The Working at Height Association made the following presentation to the Standards Australia Forum on AS/NZS5532. The conclusion of the presentation confirms the position of the Association that the standard - as published - meets the objectives of defining manufacturing strength testing procedures for single point anchors that align with the manufacturing strength tests as defined in AS/NZS1891.1 for other fall arrest systems and devices. The compatibility of these tests ensure there are no “weak links” in the complete fall protection system. The Association awaits the formal outcome of the Forum with interest
ABC - 7:30 Report on falls from heights
A report on the falls crisis, about the Regulators and systemic issues previously reported, featuring Gordon Cadzow, (Secretary and association founder), WorkSafe's Len Neist, James Mckenzie (Ex WorkSafe Chair), Theresa Curley, Gary Rogers, Absafe talking about the state of working at heights in Australia.
Interview ft: Gordon Cadzow
WAHA have taken the initial action following the conference and findings of contacting the respective WorkCover representatives in each state presenting the previously mentioned report and survey findings. This has been accompanied by this cover letter.