Scaffolding solution secures construction safety award
ScaffShield, an anti-tamper locking assembly for scaffolding, has received the 2020 National Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Award (Commercial) at the Master Builders National Excellence in Building & Construction Awards, which were live-streamed on 28 November 2020, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The annual awards recognise the achievements of the nation’s best builders. The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) sponsors the award. According to ScaffShield’s director, Joel Andonopoulos, ScaffShield is designed to ensure scaffolding can’t be moved or modified by unauthorised personnel on-site, lowering the risk of scaffold collapse or failure.
Federal Safety Commissioner David Denney said the award recognises the collaboration by ScaffShield with builders, scaffolders, peak industry bodies, engineering firms and regulators to develop an innovative and practical control measure for one of the industry’s leading causes of injury. The award also serves as a reminder about possible scaffolding safety risks, as it is one of the high-risk hazards targeted by the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner’s ‘Hazard 2020’ campaign. Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd, Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd and Lendlease Building Pty Limited (ACT) received honorary mentions from FSC as finalists for the award.
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