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•	working at height
•	poor access and egress
•	manual handling and related issues
Lack of safe access or egress facilities and safe work plat forms, inadequate perimeter protection and
ineffective fall protection provisions have resulted in workers being required to use less conventional
and higher risk work methods.
These poor safety features may be attributed to the failure to consider the safety of skin and poster
installers during the design stage of these structures.
Control Measures
1. Design for Safe Access
Elevated advertising structures should be designed so that skin and poster installers are able to safely
access the face of the structure and safely perform their work. Generally the principal hazard is falling
from height, although hazards such as over-exertion from lifting advertising skins should also be
Many existing elevated advertising structures have the following deficiencies which increase the risk
of falling from height:
•	Vertical access ladders or rungs, without a secondary fall protection device.
•	ISlo access platforms from the access ladder to the work platforms.
•	Platfonns with no guardrail provided.
•	Where fall arrest systems or rope access systems are needed (due to lack of guardrails)
	. inadequate quantity and design capacity of anchorage points or static lines. 	
•	No access ladders or stairs between upper and lower work platforms.
The advertising company should ensure the designer of the elevated advertising structure:
•	is provided with adequate information on the requirements for persons to access and work
safely on the structure.
•	where practicable, provides higher order controls such as elimination of the risk or engineering
solutions, eg. provision of permanent access, platfonns of appropriate width with guard rails.
Where higher order controls are not practicable, accessible anchorage points for fall arrest
systems could be provided.
When designing outdoor advertising structures the advertising company and skin or poster installers
should be involved in discussions with the structural designer to ensure the structure is designed so
that personnel working at height can do so safely.
Elevated advertising structures should be provided with access platforms and guardrails complying
with AS 1657.
Platfonns should be positioned such that the poster/skin installer can safely and efficiently carry out
the work while standing on the platform.
The provision of personal tie-off points or other control measures may be required when there is a
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risk of wind loading on the skin causing a safety hazard to installers.
2. Work Procedures
Advertising companies should have documented safe work procedures in place for all works which
have to take place on the bill board structure. These procedures may form part of a company
operations manual. The procedures should be prepared in consultation with workers and should:
•	be accessible to all relevant personnel;
•	be regularly reviewed;
•	be able to provide appropriate measures to control the identified risks;
•	identify all legislative requirements and provide procedures to report incidents and health and
safety hazards so that they may be used to develop preventative measures; and
•	identify training needs for all relevant workers and supervisors.
The subcontractor's work methods should also address other issues relating to work systems such as:
•	allowable clearances from power lines;
•	maximum wind speeds, above which work on structures should be suspended;
•	safe work areas and methods.
•	manual handling.
•	public protection (eg: from falling materials)
Work systems should include suitable rescue procedure in the event of injury. In many instances, the
person who has fallen will not be able to safely perform self rescue.
It should be noted that during the rescue procedure neither the rescuer nor the person who is being
rescued should be placed in a situation where they could fall or may have to overexert themselves.	
3. Training/Competency	.
Advertising companies should ensure that all workers who are required to access and work on the
structure are appropriately trained and competent to adhere to the developed work systems.
Persons working on elevated advertising structures, particularly where alterations to structure are
being made, may be required to be certificated riggers depending on the type of work being carried
out. Further guidance can be found in the booklet, "Industrial equipment requiring certificates of
competency to use or operate" published by WorkCover.
Further Information
Should you require further assistance please contact your nearest WorkCover office.
Guidance on the safe operation of elevating work platforms can be obtained in the Australian
Standard AS 2550.10.
Australian Standards are available from Standards Australia.
Codes of Practice are available from Information Victoria and from WorkCover Offices.

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