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Focus on worksite safety

NEW OS&H regulations have been introduced in an attempt to curb the number of workplace deaths resulting from falls.

While most of the changes apply to the demolition industry, some also affect the building and construction industries.

WorkSafe WA inspectors aim to implement the changes over the next six months. Between 1988 and 2000, 24 WA workers died as a result of falls.

As of July 1 it is now compulsory to provide either edge protection or a “Fall Injury Prevention System” for operations at or above three metres.

The new regulations detail a three-class system for the demolition industry. Class 1 is “unrestricted” and covers all types of demolition work; class 2 covers “restricted” types of demolition work; and Class 3 concerns only the removal of 200sqm or more of asbestos roofing.

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