Each site has its own rules around what kind of work requires a Safety Watch, but one is generally required whenever a person is exposed to a risk where they may need assistance.
Examples of this include:
- working at height in an EWP
- working in a confined space
- working in a high voltage yard
- working in a harness
- when equipment is running unattended
- when working on a roadway
A safety watch should be the highest trained person on the job: they are very responsible for the safety of everyone on and around the job, and they must react immediately if something goes wrong.
A common misconception is that those on safety watch are just standing around. Next time you see a technician on safety watch, remember they are responsible for a lot on that job, and the job could not happen without them.
Our technicians are trained in NZQA standard 17596: Demonstrate knowledge of safety observer responsibilities in the workplace
. See our other training here