This safety alert is published following the death of two workers who were working from a suspended scaffold, which collapsed at a Gold Coast building site in Queensland.
While an investigation is still underway to establish the cause, the incident serves as a tragic reminder that any failure of a suspended scaffold or its support system is potentially catastrophic and the scaffold relies on all of its components, the correct installation and usage to ensure the safety of persons in, or in the vicinity, of suspended scaffolding.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (OHS Act) requires employers to provide plant and systems of work that are safe and without risks to health, and to provide such information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the employee’s health and safety at work.
The following control measures relate to suspended scaffolds supported by counterweighted suspension rigs:
Further information regarding suspended scaffolds can be found in:
More information is also available at www.workcover.nsw.gov.au of from the WorkCover Assistance Service on 13 10 50