'Scaffolding work', the erecting, altering or dismantling of a temporary structure that supports a platform that someone or something could fall more than four metres from, is classified as high risk work and so must only be performed by people licenced to do this work safely.
Safe Work Australia has produced a range of guidance material for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage the risks associated with scaffolds and scaffolding work at a workplace.
The General guide for scaffolds and scaffolding work provides specific guidance material on:
- common types of scaffolds and scaffolding
- suspended (swing stage) scaffolds, and
- scaffold inspection and maintenance.
The information sheet Tower and mobile scaffolds provides advice for small businesses and workers on managing the risks associated with tower and mobile scaffolds and related scaffolding work.
The word 'should' used in these documents indicates a recommended course of action, while 'may' is used to indicate an optional course of action. The words 'must', 'requires' or 'mandatory' indicate that a legal requirement exists in the work health and safety laws, and therefore must be complied with.
Scaffolding work has been classed as High Risk Work since 1 September 2010. To undertake this work you need a Licence to Perform High Risk Work.