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Fall prevention guide for scaffolders

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WORKSAFE Victoria has released a new guidance note aimed at preventing falls among scaffolders.

‘Fall prevention for scaffolders’ recommends employers and workers apply the highest reasonably practicable level of fall protection.

WorkSafe’s Construction and Utilities Program Director, Geoff Thomas said the guide would help anyone working with typical scaffolds constructed from prefabricated modular scaffolding systems.

“OHS law requires that all employees are protected from risks of falling, scaffolders included,” he said.

“This guidance note will help employers of scaffolders, employers of scaffolding contractors and scaffolders meet their legal obligations.”

The guidance note was developed with the Victorian Scaffolding Safety Committee, which includes representatives of the MBAV’s Scaffold Association of Victoria, the CFMEU’s Victorian Contract Scaffolders Group and WorkSafe.

The president of the Scaffold Association of Victoria, David De La Coeur, said extensive consultation arrived at the best possible solution for providing a safe working place for scaffolders.

“The Scaffold Association of Victoria has worked with WorkSafe, the MBAV and the CFMEU to develop a safe working method for scaffolders,” said Mr De La Coeur.

“We believe the process we have gone through has produced a practical document that we can all use.”

The guidance note can be viewed at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au by following the industry information link on the home page to construction and utilities.

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