Some methods of protecting workers from injury are more reliable than others. The effectiveness of different risk reduction strategies can be measured using the OH&S Hierarchy of Controls. The Hierarchy ranks some types of risk reduction strategies above others. It’s better to remove the hazard entirely rather than introduce a bunch of laws or practice guidelines to try to reduce risk. People take shortcuts and safe practice guidelines only work if they’re used. Even when used reliably they don’t offer full protection – accidents happen.
Traditional access covers come with a whole range of risks due to their material, weight and designs. Opening really heavy concrete or corroded iron lids meant workers were put at continuous risk. The most common injuries associated with this were damage to backs, fingers, hands and shoulders. Protective clothing and work practice guidelines could only offer workers limited safety.
Terra Firma has re-imagined pit lid OH&S from an engineering perspective and completely revolutionised the way we think about safety.