This free seminar, as with previous seminars in the series, focused on a high risk activity, discussing the topic of scaffolding.
Two industry experts, Stuart Davis and Warren Reddicliffe gave their insight into scaffolding at the event.
The first presenter was Stuart Davis from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, who discussed the importance of safety when working with scaffolding, and how to maintain safety when on the job.
He talked about how scaffolding is a temporary structure and needed to be treated as such when working.
He mentioned that single elements are the biggest cause of fatalities in scaffolding, including:
- Hop up brackets
- Overlapped platforms
- Insert type anchor ties
Stuart also talked about the use of harnesses in scaffolding. He emphasized that harnesses are not required if scaffolding is done progressively, but are required on hung scaffolding. He also said that although the law states harnesses are not required, if a company policy indicates harness use, there is no issue.
Stuart made special mention of how anchor insert ties are being used too early in green concrete, resulting in poor retention of the anchor.
Stuart’s last topic was about why stair modules drop out. He stated there are a few reasons such as weld failure, stair modules not being square to the transom and fatigue to the steel. He announced that Workplace Health & Safety Queensland will issue an alert on the matter soon.
Stuart’s segment was followed by a talk from Warren Reddicliffe, who oversees all of the QuickAlly business and engineering. He is a leader in the industry for both product knowledge and industry regulation.
He revealed that there have been many improvements in scaffolding, including the use of robotic welding.
Warren discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using aluminium in scaffolding. He said that:
- In 2014 30% of all scaffolding sold in Australia was aluminium
- Aluminium is one-third weaker than steel
- Aluminium is more efficient than steel
- Aluminium is more beneficial to worker’s health and safety
- A 3 metre standard in aluminium is 7 kg while steel is 16.5 kg, making aluminum much easier to work with
- Aluminium is not recommended for demolition work
- Mixing and matching of couplers is not recommended as steel is usually 48mm and aluminium is 50mm which could lead to crushing the tube
- Aluminium does have some steel components, such as the end fittings, which can rust
- Always check for wear
- Check loadings for different size transoms and ledgers
- Polypropylene platforms are a new addition and have a lifespan of about 10 years
- Ignorance is no excuse in law should an investigation come about after an incident
“Our Safety Series Seminars this year have been a great success”, commented CTC Training Enterprise Manager Peter Walker.
“The scaffolding seminar is no exception and we look forward to offering more seminars in the series in the months ahead”, he added.
“We surveyed participants to gauge their preference for future topics, and we will take this on board to deliver seminars that are relevant and beneficial to industry”.
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