The erection, alteration or dismantling of temporary structures that are specifically erected to support platforms over four metres fall height.
Managers and Supervisors must implement the following measures to control and, or minimise the health and safety risks associated with scaffolding consistent with the OHS Legislation,
relevant COP, AS and RTA Contract Specifications (see references):
Hazards associated with scaffolding include:
A Risk Assessment and SWMS must be completed prior to any person using
scaffolding. The Risk Assessment of tasks involving scaffolding shall comply with the RTA Risk
Management Procedure and also include consideration of any potential exposure of other persons and the public by RTA tasks involving working at heights.
The most effective method to control the risk is to eliminate the need to use the scaffolding (e.g. use an EWP). If this is not possible, then reduce (minimise) the risk by working down
the following hierarchy of controls (use multiple controls where necessary):
There are variable levels of certificates of competency including basic, intermediate and
advanced (Ref AS/NZS 4576). A worker appointed to erect scaffolding where a person or object could fall 3 metres should:
Scaffold tags must be used and attached to the scaffold. An ID number should correspond to an entry in the site scaffolding register.
All scaffolding should be inspected in compliance with AS/NZS 1576 and AS/NZS 4576:
Inspection is recorded on the scaffolding register and indicates whether:
Risk Assessments, SWMS, and work procedures must be reviewed and revised
whenever there is a change in the work process, unique local conditions, hazards or following any near miss or injury.
Where a fall arrest system is utilised for work associated with scaffolding, a competent person must install and periodically inspect all fall arrest system components must ensure:
All incidents are to be reported to the OHS Helpdesk on 1300 131 469.
If the incident presents an immediate threat to life or major damage to plant and equipment as advised by the OHS Helpdesk, then:
NSW OHS Act 2000 and OHS Regulation 2001 Chapters 2, 3, 4, 8 and 9 RTA OHS Policy 2.0 – Risk Management Policy RTA QA Specifications G21/G22 OHS Regulation Cl 58 – Scaffolding AS/NZS 1576 – Scaffolding General Requirements, AS/NZS4576 – Guidelines for scaffolding