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Toolbox Talk - Mobile Scaffold

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin

Mobile Scaffold

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of occupational fatalities and major injuries. Cases commonly involve over-reaching, over-balancing or the failure of a fragile surface. 50% of falls are from less than 3 metres with fatalities being among this group.

Everyone involved in the scaffolding process must have the knowledge and skills to perform the work safely, regardless of the height of the scaffold. You’ll also need the right certification, depending on the situation. To set up a scaffold under 5 metres, you must be what is called a “competent person”. Being competent means you have:

The knowledge and skills to carry out a particular task. This could be gained through training, qualification, or experience, or a combination of these.

Discussion Points:

  • Mobile scaffold must be used only on a hard level surface
  • Check for physical defects before every use.
  • Ensure the scaffold is level.
  • Ensure all sections are pinned or appropriately secured.
  • Ensure bracing is as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • DO NOT exceed the scaffold’s working load (refer to manufacturer’s manual).
  • Heavy tools, equipment, and supplies must be hoisted up (rather than carried up by hand).
  • Leave all castors locked or chocked against any possible movement.
  • Ensure guardrails and toeboards are in place on all open sides.
  • Never move the scaffold while someone is on it.
  • Secure materials before moving the mobile scaffold
  • Remove the loads including tools after using the scaffold

NOTE: The erection or dismantling of scaffolding (all kinds) from which any person may fall 5 metres or more must be notified to WorkSafe NZ before work commences.

Remember team! Safety is a habit!