SafeWork SA is issuing a reminder to installers of edge protection guardrail systems about the importance of following manufacturer’s instructions after a worker fell 2.7m after leaning on the guard rail which then gave way.

The worker sustained fractured vertebrae, and injured right wrist.

Structures which are designed and manufactured for safe use for their intended purpose may be rendered unsafe by the manner in which they are installed, constructed or commissioned.

The installer, constructor or commissioner is in breach of work health and safety legislation if their conduct causes the structure to be unsafe or a risk to a person’s health and safety.

New information on guardrail systems for roof work is available to understand your obligations as a manufacturer, supplier, installer and user.