What are the legislated high-risk construction activities?
High-risk construction activities are activities that have the potential to cause serious injury or death if they are not properly planned and carried out.
High-risk construction activities include:
- work that involves a risk of a person falling more than two metres
- work on a telecommunication tower
- demolition of an element of a structure that is load bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure
- work that involves, or is likely to involve, the disturbance of asbestos
- structural alterations or repairs that require temporary support to prevent collapse
- work in or near a confined space
- work in or near a shaft or trench with an excavated depth greater than 1.5 metres
- work in or near a tunnel
- use of explosives
- work on or near pressurised gas distribution mains or piping
- work on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
- work on or near energised electrical installations or services
- work in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere
- work involving tilt-up or precast concrete
- work on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor that is in use by traffic other than pedestrians
- work in areas in which there is movement of powered mobile plant
- work in areas in which there are artificial extremes of temperature
- work in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning
- work that involves diving work
It is important to carefully plan and carry out high-risk construction activities in order to minimise the risk of injury or death. This may involve implementing safety measures such as wearing protective gear, implementing safety protocols, and providing training to workers.
For more information regarding high-risk construction work, check out the Safe Work Australia model code of practice for construction work.
Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is a system that brings together the policies and procedures required to mitigate effectively (i.e. lessen the severity) the risks associated with your operations.
Implementing an OHSMS will allow you to demonstrate effective health and safety management to your employees, contractors, regulator, and any external organisation.