Some of the most common work-related injuries and deaths in Western Australia are attributed to falls. Jobs that require employees to work at height, such as mining and construction, often present the dangers of falling from a level or into openings as well as dropping material onto people at work below. According to the Government of Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum, falls on the job can occur less than one metre to hundreds of metres without proper safety measures.
During surface operations, mobile elevated work platforms used in construction or at processing plants are oftentimes operated near structures that are not easily accessible. Elevated work platforms (ewps) are susceptible to damage, while inappropriate basket placement exposes workers to injury. Limited visibility, hazardous ground barriers, conditions and restraints to proper ventilation in the workplace, rising platforms and dropped or fallen objects each present a challenge when working at height.
Because of the increased risk associated with these jobs and many others, the Department of Labour has taken a firm position on preventing falls from height, calling for employers to be vigilant in managing workplace safety hazards. The Health and Safety in Employment Act of 1992, outlines several controls for employers or duty holders to take into consideration to ensure the welfare of those in their employment - which involves the "Eliminate, Minimize and isolate" process.
More recently, the McGowen Government approved a modernized Work, Health and Safety Bill for WA which will allow the state to be in unison with the rest of Australia and develop legislation for workplace safety and health across all industries. In accordance with this legislation, the Department of Commerce Worksafe issued a safety alert in 2011 to raise awareness about boom type elevating work platforms and the importance of wearing safety harnesses. When working from boom type elevating work platforms, in many instances safety harnesses were not worn. Not only do harnesses help prevent serious work injuries, they are also an important part of emergency rescue.
There are numerous entities dedicated to helping companies achieve compliance in workplace safety. For almost a decade, KG Training and Assessing has been operating as an registered training organization specializing in ewp training Perth. The company offers training courses for the mining and construction industries including dogging, rigging, scaffolding, confined space entry, forklift, elevated work platforms, safe work at heights, telehandler, earth moving and elevated platforms.
Elevated Work Platform (wp) or EWP training Perth includes boom type ewp, and a selection of harnesses for inspection. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Scaffolding discusses safety harness/fall arrest system, suitable equipment to safely install, level and secure the hoist, mast climber, podger hammer, a range of equipment for inspection (including planks, scaffold tubes and ladders), spirit level and more.
Since its inception in 2008, KG Training and Assessing has been passionate about safety, which is evident in the culture of the organization. A custom built facility allows the company to run concurrent courses, in a top-notch training environment. Trainers with backgrounds in construction, mining, gas and oil, have taken OH&S courses and Certificate IV Training and Assessment, and offer training specific to these industries. In addition to training courses, KG is dedicated to the Occupational Health and Safety Environment System which includes daily toolbox meetings, monthly audited safety inspections, monthly safety and continuous improvement meetings, and on-going monitoring by compliance manager and management.
KG Training will also provide company-tailored courses to ensure compliance with state requirements and site policy procedures. They also offers assistance with Rigging Registers, Safe Working at Heights Registers, and VOC Matrix. KG is committed to quality assurance and as requirements within the industry change, the company's knowledge of those changes does. Trainers are active in the assessment and evaluation of the company's services, and the needs of each client are incorporated into KG's training packages. KG Training and Assessing is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment in compliance with the Australian Qualifications Framework and the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.