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Roof work guidelines launched

Roof work guidelines launched
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Publications and Consultations
Publication Date:
New Zealand

The Best Practice Guidelines for Working on Roofs have been launched after being prepared by the Department of Labour in association with the Roofing Association of New Zealand.

The guidelines are part of the DoL's Preventing Falls from Height project and are designed to provide practical guidance to everyone involved in roof work - from architects and designers to principals and contractors.

Graham Moor, president of the Roofing Association, said at the launch that "to see scaffolding and edge protection being used on single level dwellings and becoming a common practice is a quantum leap from where we were, but there's still work to do."

The DoL's programme manager harm reduction, Francois Barton, said that more than half the reported falls from height are from less than three metres, many from roofs and ladders.

"These guidelines are a practical way of helping roofers and others in the construction sector understand what safe working practice at height looks like. Preventing falls while working at height is a top priority for the Department."

He gave notice that from July the DoL will increase its focus on the construction sector, particularly on residential building sites.

"The Department is increasing the visibility and intensity of workplace visits in the construction sector and turning up the heat around poor practice. If we see nothing is being done to prevent falls from height in the workplace, we'll take appropriate enforcement steps. Doing nothing is not an option."

People Mentioned:
Graham Moor; Francois Barton
Organisations Mentioned:
Department of Labour; Roofing Association
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