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Working at Heights

Working at Heights safety 

Working at heights is up there as a risky business on farms. 

Falls from heights can cause serious injuries, even when they are from less than 2 meters. 

Legal regulations require that any work undertaken where a fall from one level to another is a possibility must have the risks controlled. 

As the owner or person conducting the business on the farm, you must comply with these regulations. 

Use the resources below to ensure you cover your legal responsibilities.


By law the person conducting the business in any workplace where a fall from one level to another is a possibility has Work Health and Safety obligations to manage all hazards and risks arising.


The Farm Safety Manual aims to make it straightforward for dairy farmers to build and improve a comprehensive farm safety system. 

Farm Safety Manual resources
WH: Quick safety scan - Working at heights
WH: Step by step - preventing falls from heights on your farm PDF
WH: Safety self assessment PDF
WH: Register and falls risk assessment guide
Further information
Managing the risk of falls at workplaces (Safe Work Australia)
Selection and safe use of ladders (WorkSafe Victoria) Website 
Work platforms and boxes used in conjunction with
industrial fork lifts
(Safe Work Australia)
Elevated work platforms (Safe Work SA)  PDF 
Grain handling safety guide (Farmsafe Australia) PDF 
General work on roofs (WorkSafe Victoria) PDF
Prevention of falls in the transport of livestock 
(WorkSafe Victoria)
Loading ramps (Livestock & Rural Transporters
Association of Victoria)

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