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Tuesday, 6 December, 2016 - 11:00
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There has been a spate of incidents involving tradies in NSW, according to SafeWork NSW, which cautioned local tradies about safe approaches to work.

In one incident, a 22 year old male suffered multiple fractures when he fell approximately two metres from an extension ladder while removing a cooling fan at Wauchope in August.

In a second, a 26 year old male builder fell approximately two metres through an awning that was being re-sheeted at Coffs Harbour in June.

Three construction workers were also injured in July when they fell approximately two metres from timber planks arranged loosely on the scaffolding of a Nana Glen residential construction site.

SafeWork NSW Port Macquarie district coordinator, Peter Barron, said working from heights was hazardous and the seminars would help local tradies understand what they had to do to keep themselves and their workers safe.

“A fall, even from a relatively low height, can result in serious injury or death,” Barron said.

“Most of these incidents could have been prevented had safe work systems such as safety harnesses or work platforms been used.

“During 2013/14 there were 4,170 workers compensation claims for falls from heights at a cost of more than $49 million.

Under NSW work health and safety laws, workplaces must have safety systems to prevent workers falling from heights.

Businesses must provide workers with information, instruction, training and supervision in risk control procedures and workers are required to follow those procedures.

For more information on safely working with heights, including the free publications Safe working at heights, and the Code of Practice: Safe Work on Roofs Parts 1 and 2, visit or call 13 10 50.