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OH&S and Safety Around Scaffolding

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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.

What is Scaffolding?

Scaffolding is a temporary structure, typically on the outside of a building, to support access or working platforms. Scaffolding is commonly used in the construction industry to provide workers a safe platform whilst working at heights, but can also be used when buildings need to be cleaned.

Scaffolding was originally made from different kinds of wood but is now made of metal or aluminum. Scaffolding acts to provide safety for the workers and to an extent can be offered as support for free-standing structures whilst a stable structure is being built.

Scaffolding can be linked back to ancient Greece during early 5th century BC but can also be recorded as being used by Egyptians, Nubians and Chinese where they used scaffolding- type structures to assist in building tall buildings. In these periods, scaffolding was typically made of wood and was secured with knotted rope.

These days scaffolding has advanced and is generally made out of aluminum or metal and is not tired together by rope but rather clamps and braces. Scaffolding is now also made to be erected and dismantled easily and efficiently.

Scaffolding has always been an important part of construction, whether it be 1000 years ago or today. Its purpose has not changed, in that it is there to provide a safe and stable platform to aid in the construction of building and transportation of materials.

 

For any enquiries for your scaffolding needs, please give Red and Blue Scaffolding a call on 9336 8300 and we will endeavor to help you with your scaffolding needs.