Anchor Point Safety at Crisis Level: 1 in 3 Roof Anchor Points Are Death Traps

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26th June 2014, 06:10pm - Views: 4855

WAHA Audit finds 1/3 of roof anchors are unsafe. The WAHA submission adds that the "crisis" is not adequately captured by injury statistics. Sydney Anchor Points announces their support for the Working At Heights Association (WAHA) submission to the regulator for action.

Companies and individuals who require maintenance of rooftop items like air conditioners, or simply cleaning of gutters, are required to have safe roof anchors for workers. Roof anchors are designed to prevent falls but a recent WAHA audit found that 31 per cent were deemed unsafe. This could be a legal mine field. "WAHA is concerned that the unsafe installations will result in fatalities and serious compensation claims, if not already, and seeks immediate intervention by the regulator", states the WAHA submission.

The WAHA reported that there are a large percentage of fixed installations that failed inspections against Australian Standards and manufacturers instructions. Currently installers are not required to have any formal qualifications, and installers supply their own certification.

Sydney Anchor Points has a WHS (OH&S) record that is second to none. Sydney Anchor Points employees complete all Work Cover inductions and obtain Working At Height certifications. Sydney Anchor Points is keen to see all industry installers undergo adequate safety and performance training.

Media Contact:

Matt Thomas

Sydney Anchor Points

Ph. 02 8020 5729

[email protected]

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