Fall down ventilation duct - 23 March 2020
A 24-year-old worker suffered broken hips, a dislocated shoulder and a broken jaw when he fell more than 20 metres down a ventilation duct. Falls from heights is the number one killer on NSW construction sites.
Ventilation duct and exit point
You must consider ‘reasonably practicable’ control measures to manage the risk of falls from heights.
Make sure you:
- establish and highlight ‘no go’ zones around openings and penetrations during construction work
- immediately make safe any opening or penetration after it is formed, using edge protection and covers that are strong enough to withstand the load of a worker and materials, fix them in place, and mark them so they’re not mistaken for construction material.