Focus on safety at workplace

Ready to scale the heights – practicing the use of a safety harness. Picture: SUPPLIED

BEING exposed to high workplace risks daily, keeping employees safe is an essential focus of the Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) safety training program.

FHH safety, quality, training and environmental manager John Tinsley highlighted this after the company recently completed a two-day course covering working on heights for 19 of the FHH Central Division workforce.

According to Mr Tinsley, the training emphasised the need for communication among everyone on a worksite, as well as practical aspects such as rescue knots and hitches, preventative methods, different types of protection and the use of ladders and safety management.

“As it is FHH policy to ensure that all employees receive the proper, appropriate training in all areas that impact their safety, we engaged the services of a specialist trainer from the National Fire Authority, (NFA),” Mr Tinsley said.

“The training ensures that safety management is conducted on a daily basis by all those taking part in heights operations.

“It is important to remember that often heights work takes place in confined spaces, so these are also a safety consideration to keep in mind.:

The 19 participants will be certified by the National Fire Authority for successfully completing the course.

“Provision of working at heights training is part of our ongoing commitment to employee safety and reduction of workplace risks. Only employees who have done this training will be able conduct work at heights for FHH,” Mr Tinsley added.



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