This General Guide provides information on how to manage risks associated with scaffolds and scaffolding work at a workplace. It is supported by guidance material for specific types of scaffolds and scaffolding, suspended (swing stage) scaffolds, scaffold inspection and maintenance,and advice for small businesses and workers on managing the risks associated with tower and mobile scaffolds and related scaffolding work.
A scaffold is a temporary structure erected to support access or working platforms. Scaffolds are commonly used in construction work so workers have a safe, stable work platform when work cannot be done at ground level or on a finished floor.
Scaffolding in this Guide means the individual components, for example tubes, couplers or frames and materials that when assembled form a scaffold. Scaffolding is classified as plant under Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act.
Scaffolding work is erecting, altering or dismantling a temporary structure erected to support a platform and from which a person or object could fall more than 4 metres from the platform or the structure. Scaffolding work must be undertaken by a person holding the appropriate class of high risk work licence. This definition applies whenever the term ‘scaffolding work’ is used in this Guide.
Who should use this Guide?
You should use this Guide if you own, hire, lease, handle, store, transport, maintain, use scaffolds and scaffolding or manage scaffolding work in the workplace.
You should read this Guide in conjunction with the Code of Practice: Construction work.
Who has duties under the law?
Everyone in the workplace has work health and safety duties. A range of people have specific responsibilities for scaffolds and scaffolding including:
· scaffolding contractors and workers who carry out scaffolding work, and