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Preventing falls from height in construction

[image] Preventing falls from height.

Falls from three metres or less off roofs and from ladders account for most of the serious harm accidents reported to WorkSafe NZ from the construction sector.

More injuries happen on residential building sites than any other workplace in the construction sector.

WorkSafe New Zealand's 'Preventing Falls from Height' campaign is part of the Construction Sector Action Plan.  It aims to reduce harm by raising awareness about the safe use of ladders and safe working on roofs.


Find information here about how to work safely at height including best practice guidelines and factsheets.

Everyone is responsible for preventing falls on a construction site – the principal, the employer, the self-employed contractor and sub-contractor, and the worker.

If you have any questions please email WorkSafe NZ or call 0800 030 040.


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On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.