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Unfortunately too many people die each year falling from unsafe scaffolding whilst working at heights. It's the biggest single killer in the Australian building construction industry. When you are working at height, you need to use scaffolding built by a qualified, insured licensed scaffolder. It is not safe or sensible to balance on a ladder to replace windows, fix guttering or replace roof tiles. It is certainly not a good idea to balance scaffold boards (sometimes called scaffold planks) or a ladder on top of another ladder. Do’s Get adequately trained before using scaffolding. Training must be completed by a qualified person and includes identification of electrocution, fall and falling objects hazards and the procedures for dealing with those hazards. Training must also include the proper use of the scaffold, how to handle materials and the load capacities of the scaffold. Before getting on a scaffold check to make sure that a competent person has inspected the scaffold before commencing work and that it is safe to use and in proper working order. Scaffolds over 4 metres can only be erected, dismantled, altered or moved under the direct supervision of a licensed scaffolder. If you are ever unsure regarding the safety of a scaffold check with a...

Australian Scaffolds & Access Pty recently appointed a new scaffold engineer to work in the scaffold development team. Kiri Logan, a Mechanical Engineer B.Sc (Eng)  primary focus is on designing new and improved scaffold components to add to the Butlin Maxi Equipment product range. If you have any technical questions or need a design change, call and speak to Kiri on 1300 919 905. Welcome aboard Kiri!...

According to Workplace Safety Australia, falls are one of the leading causes of deaths in the workplace, below vehicle collision. In addition to permanent injuries and lost lives caused by falls, businesses lose billions of dollars each year from significant increases in insurance premiums, workers’ compensation claims, product liability costs, and other related expenses. Scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry, with New South Wales being the leading state for falls from a height causing injury or death 37%, followed by Victoria 29%. 58% of fatalities from falls from a height were from roofs or ladders and half of these were falls from less than 4m! What can be done to reduce falls? - Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover). - Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway. - Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat or acid or a conveyor belt) employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured. - Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs...

Do you have problems gaining access into an excavation? Think that it could be achieved faster or safer? Have a problem onsite? Need a safe and economical solution? In Early November Australian Scaffolds received a call from a distressed Site Manager, desperately trying to gain access to his site offices. The offices are positioned on a gantry, over the road way in a Sydney CBD back alley, on a site tightly positioned between two adjoining buildings. Sydney Council had dismissed his application to gain access from the street, and he had no alternative option. With basement works progressing at a fast pace, the possibly of his project grinding to a halt, became a very real concern. Within 2 hours of calling Australian Scaffolds, Daniel our Scaffold Hire Manager had visited the site, provided a solution that pending some engineering checks could overcome all of the challenges. This all happened on a Friday afternoon, and by Monday morning his site access stair was safely installed and approved for use. Australian Scaffolds uses the Layher Allround Scaffold System, a German precision engineered, technical modular scaffold system. Features of this scaffold system, combined with our technical capability allowed us to provide a solution that was...

I’ve been involved in the Building Industry for 30 years and one of the biggest changes has been the improvement to working at height. When I first started in the industry it was up to each contractor to provide their own “scaffolding”. It really wasn’t scaffold as we know it today. One particular contractor I worked for in the early 80’s use to tow a trailer full of empty 44 gallon drums and wooden planks and would use the drums on their side for single storey and on edge doubled up for two storey work! Even though there has been great progress in providing workers with a safer place to work when at height, and the industry should be congratulated for this, we seem to have missed the opportunity in providing safer and productive solutions when working at lower heights. I’m not quite sure why, but it seems that when working at lower heights the risk is mostly overlooked either because the risk is not considered or the solution is prohibitively expensive. Australian Scaffolds is working hard to address this problem with an all Australian designed and manufactured low height, low cost, fast and safe scaffold system. We plan to have this new innovative...

Australian Scaffolds recently installed Public Access Stairs to the loading dock of the North Rocks Shopping Centre to ensure safe access to loading dock for our client Mainbrace Constructions. Within 10 hours from phone call our ever-reliable service team led by Josh Savage had the job completed, with a very happy customer. Performance Requirements DP1 Access must be provided, to the degree necessary, to enable- (a) safe; and (b) equitable and dignified, movement of people to and within a building. The Public Access Stairs complied with The Building Code of Australia part 3.9.1.3 Stair Construction and 3.9.1.4 Riser and Going Dimension. Josh Savage commented “Using Layher Allround makes it easy to comply with Australian Standards because as far as I know only Layher Scaffold has the correct height and length boards that comply with the riser and going dimension”. Please contact Daniel Butlin on 1300 919 905 or email daniel.butlin@australianscaffolds.com.au for any further information or qualified friendly advice on Scaffold Stairs. You are most welcome to visit our branch and check out our scaffold, suspended scaffold and edge protection cost saving displays we have set up for your perusal....

Australian Scaffolds recently installed a facade scaffold with Type A hoarding attached in Newcastle NSW for our valued client Infrastruction (NSW) Pty Ltd. The scaffold hoarding was attached to a facade scaffold and used to create a protected work zone. The facade scaffold was 20m long x 10m high and included 2m high stairs, beige shade cloth to exterior and 2m high scaffold hoarding. The project was completed in 1 day. Using the scaffold wall casettes which attach to the scaffold decreases installation time by up to 80%. The scaffold hoarding system utilises lockable steel doors that simplifies site security. Types of Hoarding – Definitions Type A: Type A hoardings generally consist of a 2m high ply-sheet fence attached to a supporting timber or steel frame. Type B: Type B hoardings are a more substantial structure that spans a footpath or roadway and affords overhead protection to the public. Type C: Type “B” hoardings with overhead sheds or storage. If scaffold is placed on public land, a council permit will be required. Please contact Daniel Butlin on 1300 919 905 or email daniel.butlin@australianscaffolds.com.au or Terry McDougall on 0447 007 881 for any further information or qualified friendly advice on Scaffold Hoardings. You are most welcome to visit our...

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