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									North America Logistics                                               Work at Height SWP

                        WORK AT HEIGHTS REVIEW CHECKLIST

This checklist is provided as a tool to assist users to quickly perform a site assessment of any
Work at Height set-up on site. This checklist is not to be used as a substitute for conducting a
full risk assessment (refer section 4.1.1.1).


PLANNING
   Can the work be done at ground level instead of at height?
   Has a risk assessment for work at height been completed?
   Are all personnel aware of any overhead electrical cables?
   Are all personnel working at height trained and competent?
   Is there a means of egress from an elevated level (preferably two)?
   Has emergency rescue been considered in job planning?
   Has the structural integrity of roofs (or other elevated work area) been verified?
   Has the risk to people below been eliminated?

POWER OPERATED ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS
   Is the area safe to operate powered machinery?
   Has the machinery been inspected and deemed fit for use?
   Is there a permit covering its use?
   Is the ground at the work area level and stable?
   Is the work platform stable?
   Is the ground able to support the weight of the machine and its intended load?
   Is the machine the correct type and fit for the intended work?
   Has the operator been trained to set up and operate the particular type of machine?
   Is the machine being operated within maximum load tolerance?
   Is the work area clear of obstacles and power lines?
   Are workers remaining inside the basket or platform when elevated to any height?
   Are workers wearing a harness with a lanyard attached to the machine whilst in the
    basket or platform?

SCAFFOLDS
   Are scaffolds equipped with a safety tag identifying current status and condition?
   Are workers within the confines of the approved scaffolding?
   Has access been maintained to critical equipment?
   Is it erected on a firm foundation?
   Are guardrails in position?
   Is the scaffold fully planked out with no gaps greater than 3 cm (1 inch)?
   Have all scaffolding planks been checked for evidence of physical damage (e.g. saw cuts)
     or imperfections e.g. cracks or splits) and those that are defective been replaced?
   Is fixed ladder access provided between platforms?
   Are workers using a tool bag or belt to allow both hands to be free when climbing?
   Where required, have harnesses been provided?
North America Logistics                                                Work at Height SWP

      Is a certified scaffolder in direct charge of erection, modification or dismantling of any
       scaffold more than 5 meters (16 feet) above the ground?
      Are scaffolding planks in storage kept off the ground and in a dry condition?
      Has scaffolding been removed after work is complete?

PORTABLE LADDERS
   Is the ladder only being used for a brief duration job less than 6 meters (20 feet) off the
    ground?
   Is the ladder used only on a stable and level surface?
   Is the ladder on a secure footing, tied off to prevent sliding, or is someone helping by
    holding the ladder?
   Is the area around the top and bottom of the ladder clear of obstacles?
   Do ladders used to gain access to a roof or other areas extend at least 3 rungs or 1 meter
    (3 feet) above the point of exit?
   Are workers facing the ladder as they climb?
   Are workers using 3 points of contact at all times when climbing or descending ladders?
   Are workers using a tool bag or belt to allow both hands to be free when climbing?
   Are areas barricaded where ladders are being used if other activities or traffic may
    interfere?
   Are ladders that are used near energized electrical equipment of the non-conductive
    variety?
   Are ladders periodically being inspected as per the local requirements?
   Are defective ladders removed from service and tagged out as unserviceable (“Do Not
    Use” sign)?
   Are users of free standing ladders following 4:1 rule? i.e. for every 4 units of
    measurement in height the base of the ladder is 1 unit of measurement out from the object
    on which it is resting.

PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS (PFAS)
   Are workers using harnesses?
   Have harnesses been inspected and deemed fit for use?
   Are harnesses being worn correctly?
   Are lanyards being anchored at waist height or higher?
   Is the anchorage adequate for the load?
   Is the fall arrest line shorter than the possible fall distance?
   Is a rescue plan and equipment in place?
   Are all workers using PFAS being supervised or monitored?

								
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