OH&S in Australia is extremely important and all workers have the right to a safe workplace, and this is why we have the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2004 (The Act). This Act sets out the key principles, duties and rights relating to OH&S. Under this Act, is the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007, and this specifies how duties are imposed and performed and can include the required licenses for specific activities and how records are kept.
When it comes to scaffolding, there are many risks from many different directions. At Red and Blue Scaffolding we take safety very seriously and work hard to prevent injuries from occurring. We strive to make sure all scaffolding adheres to or exceeds the safety standards to ensure the safety of those who are working on the scaffolding and for those workers or pedestrians underneath. The reason there is such stringent policies in place when it comes to scaffolding is because workers are working at heights and on elevated platforms so at times things can happen that are unpredictable. These hazards aren’t just for those who are working on the scaffolding but the workers and such underneath, there is the risk of tools and building materials falling and injuring people. Hazards like this need to be identified early to prevent accidents, therefore there are danger zones classified where workers are not allowed when there are people working on the scaffolding. Hard hats should be worn at all times if people are walking underneath the scaffolding to add extra protection, should they need to be in the danger zone area.
To ensure the safety of workers, scaffolding should always be erected on a level and solid ground and only approved scaffolding components should be used when building scaffolding. Additional safety elements can also be added to the scaffolding to assist those working on the scaffolding as well as those on the ground.
We aim to identify hazards on a site but also urge all the other trades on site to use precautions when working to make sure everyone stays safe.