height safety audit photos
Gallery of hazards
Due to the unregulated nature of the industry, 'height safety' work is often non-compliant, inconsistent and unsafe and people responsible under OHS legislation, such as building owners and employers, are often unaware that fall hazards have not been adequately addressed, in either design or construction.
Our audits and inspections often uncover serious non compliance and safety issues with 'height safety' work which has been carried out under the pretext of providing a safe workplace but has no independent checks and balances to ensure that it does actually result in a safe workplace.
Our gallery of photos from site inspections gives an indication of what can happen when there is no independent inspection or certification. Many of these examples had been installed by 'height safety companies' and 'certified' as compliant by the installer.
Walkway to edge
Great work! This walkway leads directly to a 5 storey drop.
If you followed this walkway you would likely be one of the many fatalities that result from falls from heights each year
Walkway to a parapet
What were they thinking?This walkway ends at the parapet.
Inward opening self closing gate
This work was passed off by the 'height safety' contractor as complete. The gate opens inward allowing a fall back down the hatch. The gate should open outwards
Ladder To Glass Roof
Here is a roof access ladder landing directly onto a glass roof.
This recently installed hatch opens up right underneath a plant platform. Not only are there head injury and subsequent fall hazards but the user is forced to crawl out
Ladder with no head room
There is almost no way to climb this ladder without hitting your head on the wall sheeting
Ladder starting in mid air
Here you need a ladder to get to the ladder. The start of this vertical rung ladder is 3m above the ground. Look closely and you will see the cage is also flattened
Ladder & plank
What can we say? There is a plank to get to the ladder
Painted Sky Light
Falls through skylights are not uncommon. Here, adjacent to the AC unit, a brittle, fragile, fibreglass skylight has been painted white and is almost indistinguishable from the roof sheeting
Plant platforms need to be guardrailed. This 1m+ fall at the edge of the platform could result in serious injuries and major effort in getting that injured person off the roof
Hotel Ceiling Space
The gas bottle is sitting on a thin sheet of ply directly above a corridor. Ceiling spaces are often dark and covered in dust making it difficult to see where to stand safely
More ceiling space drama. It is not uncommon for tradespeople to 'make do' and walk across planks in ceiling spaces to get to equipment
Hotel Ceiling Space
As previous photo. There is nothing to warn or prevent a worker from standing on this thin ply and falling into the corridor below - with the gas bottle!
This static line was non compliant and not installed to manufacturers specifications yet had been regularly inspected and certified for use by the same company that installed it
Walkway To Edge
Another walkway leading directly to a roof edge with no fall prevention
This static line was both non compliant and unsafe to use. The closeness to the roof edge could have resulted in a free fall
One side of this anchors fixings have been removed -possibly due to roof works - leaving the anchor unsafe and non compliant
Non compliant static lines where 1 static line has simply been added to the side of another static line post
This non compliant static line has been made up of non rated spare parts from the hardware store
This roof anchor, despite being recently inspected and 're-certified' was very loose and in danger of coming completely out of the roof.
This 'anchor' was simply stuck with silicone onto the top of the roof sheet. The bolt is not fixed to anything
Fall Arrest Anchor
This anchor was loose on the roof and without signage or inspection details
There is no safe way to get to the ladder and attach to the vertical lifeline
This static line end post is about to pull itself off the roof sheeting
Although newly installed the ladder, roof hatch and surround are non compliant with under size clearances
Falls from ladders such as these can result in serious injuries. Here the ladder and handgrips are non compliant and there is no way to safely access the door
A common sight on roof tops is air conditioning equipment placed at roof edges. There is a potential 10m fall at the roof edge
Another AC unit on a sloping roof complete with fibreglass skylights and a precarious timber platform with no fall prevention
Many people assume something is safe simply because its there and has been in use...although in this case?
Looks like the budget didn't stretch to an actual platform..just the frame
Just below this ladder is a warning sign saying to use extreme caution when climbing!
Scaffold & ladder
Ok so this scaffold and ladder is on an island in Greece but are the 'professional' installations above much better?