CHANGES TO REGULATIONS FOR SCAFFOLDING
In construction and home repairs, scaffolding safety is imperative to a safe and productive workplace for all.
Below are the relevant updates to scaffolding regulations and what AJG Australia expects as a minimum regarding scaffold safety.
Management of erected scaffolds, particularly modifications
- To safeguard its safety and structural integrity, only appropriately licensed scaffolders can erect, alter, repair or dismantle scaffolding with prior approval from the principal contractor and scaffold contractor.
- The principal contractor must have site rules around the unauthorised modification of scaffold and have regular inspections to identify where unauthorised modifications occur.
- Scaffolders can assist with preventing unapproved modifications by documenting any work performed or completed by ways of daily handovers including photos and stage by stage handovers of works performed.
- You MUST notify the principal contractor if unapproved modifications are performed.
Supervision/management of scaffolders and scaffolding work
The Scaffolding Contractor must:
- Plan work prior to start, have SWMS in place, ensure scaffold complies with legal requirements, trained and licensed workers.
The Principal Contractor must:
- Obtain copies of design, engineers sign off, SWMS, scaffolders licence, site preparation, induction for scaffolders, exclusion zones.