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  • Platform 26 and 27 Falls: a Ghost of the Past at Central Station

    Platform 26 and 27 Falls: a Ghost of the Past at Central Station

    As part of the Sydney Metro project, two disused underground platforms will be transformed into a high voltage room for the new underground station box. During works, Laing O' Rourke workers wanted to eliminate the fall danger around the platform edges. See what they did.

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  • WorkSafe Victoria Deem Safety Harnesses at Lowest Classification for Those Working on Rooves

    WorkSafe Victoria Deem Safety Harnesses at Lowest Classification for Those Working on Rooves

    Although it is not a safety regulator, the Clean Energy Council’s guidelines for solar panel installation highlights not only qualifications and best practices for installing a system but also best safety practices during installation – including for those who work at height. With this updated document, WorkSafe Victoria has deemed a harness to be PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) only, which sits at the bottom of the hierarchy of effective measures for protecting workers against injury.

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  • SafeSmart Brings Sturdier Edge Protection to Tunnel Project

    SafeSmart Brings Sturdier Edge Protection to Tunnel Project

    A major road tunnel infrastructure project in Sydney, that links points such as Chatswood to Sydenham and Sydenham to Bankstown, is well underway. At a major excavation point in the project, contractors were required to walk around the excavation close to the edge of a deep drop on a narrow area. Due to the depth of the drop, standard edge protection could not be used and still be compliant with AS regulations.

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  • The Growing Edge Protection Shortcut Phenomenon: a Deadly Exercise

    The Growing Edge Protection Shortcut Phenomenon: a Deadly Exercise

    With the internet opening up markets around the world for individuals and businesses, the job of acquisition has been made easier, with access to a greater range of products and tools at competitive prices. Of course this choice opens up the possibility of a greater variation in quality, as well as having purchasers inadvertently breaking the law or breaching compliance regulations. Put simply: in Australia, our rules can be much different to their rules.

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