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  • There's no doubt about it...

  • for a painter working at heights is risky,

  • whether you are on a stable scaffold like this...

  • ...an elevated work platform such as a cherry picker,

  • trestles and planks, or ladders.

  • If you are working at heights, you are at risk!

  • Because of the high risk of working at heights, The legislation encourages PCBU's to...

  • ...consider the hierarchy of hazard control methods.

  • And stresses the importance of abiding by these requirements.

  • At the top of the list is the elimination of the hazard altogether,

  • that is, working from ground level...

  • ...or on a solid construction.

  • Painters can use paint rollers with extendable handles...

  • .. thus reducing the working height.

  • Tthe next way of controlling that hazard...

  • ...is through the engineering,

  • this could be done by scaffolding

  • A scaffold is a common elevated work platform that painters use.

  • When constructing scaffolds, it is important to read the manual given...

  • ...by the manufacturer

  • ...so that it is constructed in the proper way.

  • The components of the scaffold should not be substituted...

  • ...unless the manufacturer of approves.

  • If it is not reasonably practicable to work from ground level...

  • ...then fall prevention devices such as a secure fence, edge protection...

  • ...and catch platforms should be set up around the perimeter of the elevated work platform.

  • Next in the hiegharchy of controls we will consider...

  • ...PPE and administration.

  • Work positioning systems and falls arrest systems...

  • ...are examples of what you might refer to as PPE.

  • A fall arrest system can be used to enhance the safety of the painter.

  • A painter wears a full safety harness...

  • ...and is attached to a reliable fixed anchorage point by a lanyard.

  • A deceleration device is also connected to the system...

  • ...to dissipate the forces associated with a fall arrest event.

  • The work positioning system...

  • ...includes industrial rope access,

  • and travel restraint systems.

  • The work positioning system does not necessarily protect the painter...

  • ..but gives him access to his work spot by shifting the painter from one location to another.

  • A PCBU must establish emergency and rescue procedures in relation...

  • ...to the fall arrest system.

  • Those who use or are to use a fall arrest system...

  • ...or may be involved in initiating or implementing the emergency procedures,

  • should be provided with suitable and adequate information, training and instructions...

  • ...of the emergency procedures

There's no doubt about it...

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Working at Heights Hazards, Painters - NSW Workcover

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    kuoyumei posted on 2014/04/26
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