This chapter explains how to meet your legal obligation to minimise fall risks in your workplace.
What are the health and safety risks of working at heights?
Definition: Working at Heights
Working at heights refers to any circumstance in which a worker is exposed to the risk of a fall. A worker will be working at height if they are performing work above ground level or near a trench or pit.
Working at heights creates fall risks.
Definition: Fall Risk
A fall risk is any task that has the potential to result in workers injuring themselves by falling from a height.
Important: Under the Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act), there is no minimum height for there to be a fall risk. The minimum height is 2 metres under Victorian legislation.
Caution: Fall risks have the potential to cause significant injury and even death.According to Safe Work Australia, fall from height accounted for 9% (17) of all workplace fatalities in Australia 2022.
Important: Working at heights can be dangerous to the worker performing work at height and anyone who is below them, as they are exposed to a risk of the worker or the worker’s equipment falling on them.