Wed 24 Jan 2018

High Risk Work Licence (Dogging) Requirements for Load Shifting on Civil Construction Sites:

There has been considerable discussion amongst industry stakeholders in recent weeks regarding the purported requirement for Civil Operators to hold a High Risk Work Licence (Dogging) (as per the OHS Regulations (Vic) 2017) – for all lifting and load shifting of common items on civil construction sites, involving Plant such as Excavators and Backhoes, using chains, slings, shackles, etc. (Rigging Gear).

City West Water (CWW) have publicly announced that all such activities carried out on CWW sites require the workers to hold a High Risk Work Licence (Dogging).

CCF has previously made submissions to WorkSafe detailing the quite significant differences between the type of lifting and risks associated with lifting and shifting loads on civil (horizontal) sites, as opposed to the type of lifting and risks associated with the lifting and shifting loads in the high rise (vertical)  sectors (ie, Hi-rise construction, Power Transmission, etc.). It has been submitted as recently as last week at a WorkSafe meeting by CCF, that the type of lifting undertaken in a majority of instances on civil sites does not technically constitute Dogging work (under the definitions in the OHS Regulations Vic. (2017)). The key issues, as we understand them, surrounds whether the  exercising of judgement is required to be undertaken by a worker when slinging a load (which in many cases on civil sites can be satisfied due to pre-engineered lifting lugs, pre-determined lifting points on uniform pipe (determined by a licensed and competent person in the pre-planning stage) etc.);  whether the load is ever outside of the line of sight of the Plant Operator (which if does occur – then CCF agrees that this is in fact High Risk Licence (Dogging) work); and the issue of the ‘pre-use inspection’ of lifting gear (required before every lift).

CCF, in consultation with legal advisors, has submitted to WorkSafe that based on the definitions contained within the Regulations, there is an argument that much the type of work involving lifting and load shifting commonly performed on civil construction sites does not technically constitute High Risk Work (Dogging) work. WorkSafe at a meeting last week stated that any such activities, because they require the pre-use inspection of the lifting gear by the person slinging the load, technically does constitute High Risk Work (Dogging).

CCF will continue to express and advocate the commonly held industry view, that lifting and load shifting activities commonly undertaken on civil construction sites does not technically constitute High Risk Work (Dogging); and keep members informed of developments.

For any further information, please contact Peter Kaneen (HSEQ Consultant) on 0427 855 208, or Email at