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Castlereagh Street

Here are the boys working their magic at Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Height safety first and foremost.

Scaffold for recoating

This scaffold allowed the tank to be recoated.

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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
― Mae West

Workcover update

Construction industry urged to take extreme care 

21/11/2014 
Following a recent spate of fatalities and serious injuries in the construction industry, WorkCover NSW has issued a warning to workers and businesses to take extreme care.

Many of these incidents involved workers falling from heights or being struck by falling objects or moving plant – some of the most common forms of injury in the high-risk construction industry.

Last week in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern, a 39-year-old licenced electrician sustained fatal head injuries when using an oxy-acetylene cutter to remove a ceiling-mounted cast iron fire hydrant pipe.

In Parkes yesterday (20 November) a 24-year-old carpenter working on a single-storey house fell more than two metres and struck his head. He is now in hospital and understood to be in a serious condition.

Earlier this week in the Hunter Valley, a welder working on a construction site sustained a fractured eye socket and facial cuts when he was struck by a section of railway track being lowered by a crane.

In another recent serious incident in Western Sydney, a 52-year-old man painting eaves on a two-storey house sustained a fractured leg and bruising to his neck and back after falling four metres. It is understood he was walking along a scaffold when he fell through an uncovered void.

Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division Peter Dunphy said businesses and workers needed to take extreme care when undertaking hazardous tasks.

“Many serious injuries or fatalities often result from a lack of planning and poor monitoring of the actual work being undertaken,” Mr Dunphy said.

“We want all workers to return home safely to their families and friends at the end of the day, but sadly this is sometimes not the case.”

Worksite safety can be improved by having Safe Work Method Statements that address hazards associated with high-risk construction work, supervising the work when necessary, and paying attention to simple tasks such as general worksite house-keeping.

“These safety measures are applicable across the entire construction industry, including domestic, commercial and civil construction sites,” Mr Dunphy said.

“The NSW construction industry is one of the State’s most important but highest risk, as the recent spate of serious incidents demonstrate.”

Visit workcover.nsw.gov.au for construction safety advice or call WorkCover on 13 10 50.

PWFE12

Last updated 21/11/2014 1:44 PM

 

Detecting a water leak

Our scaffold allows Midsons Constructions to inspect a water leak at residents units and for repairs to be carried out

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News from the National Scaffolding Association of Australia

New scaffolding standard guide released

WorkCover New South Wales has released an industry safety standard for erecting, altering and dismantling scaffolding in the area of prefabricated steel modular scaffolding.

The purpose of this industry safety standard is to provide guidance to scaffolders to safely erect, alter and dismantle prefabricated steel modular scaffolding where this information is not available from the manufacturer or supplier and the scaffold is of a basic configuration.

There are risks associated with scaffolders falling through and from the scaffold as they engage in these activities. To minimise these risks, this standard requires scaffolders to install and work from fully planked platforms at nominally two metre vertical intervals, and install guardrails and midrails in advance of the decking.

However, if it is not practicable to install fully planked platforms at two metre intervals, a larger interval not exceeding three metres may be permitted using alternative safe methods and design limitations. The fully planked platforms are to remain in place until the scaffold is dismantled.

This industry safety standard also provides practical guidance for users of scaffolds on procedures for managing the number of permitted working platforms and their duty ratings to prevent overloading of the scaffold.

For more information visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/Industry/IndustrySolutions/Pages/default.aspx

Scaffold work aplenty

With the weather getting better, there seems to be an influx of scaffolding work to keep us busy. Work seems to be taking us far and wide as well – Burraneer Bay, Cronulla, Hurstville, Vaucluse and Alexandria. It’s great to be busy!