Access Hatch Safety Alert
A Safety Alert has been issued in response to the death of a worker who fell 17 metres through an access hatch located on the underside of ducting in an auditorium. The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with removable access hatches. Access hatches are typically fitted to overhead plant and structures to allow entry into heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) type ducting, fire extraction systems and suspended ceilings. Where people enter these areas for maintenance purposes, there is a risk of falling through access hatches.