A review of the Department of Labour’s Workplace Health and Safety Strategy to 2015 revealed a gap between the high level strategy framework and action at the workplace, and at sector and hazard level.
The Preventing Falls from Height project is part of the Construction Sector Action Plan — one of five Sector Action Plans and a national Occupational Health Plan that support a three-year National Action Agenda to address this gap.
The Sector Action Plans focus on the five sectors with consistently high levels of workplace injury, disease and fatalities — construction, agriculture, manufacturing, forestry and fishing.
The Construction Sector Action Plan has a very clear focus on slips, trips and falls from height, and the Department has since committed to delivering the Preventing Falls from Height Project, of which the Guidelines are one deliverable.
Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand was developed by the Department of Labour in association with 21 businesses and industry associations from across New Zealand’s construction sector.
• Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand is available on the Department of Labour web site: www.dol.govt.nz/prevent-falls/index.asp.