Two workers injured following scaffold collapse


Tuesday, 13 October, 2020


Two workers injured following scaffold collapse

On 18 September 2020, two workers at a residential construction site fell 3.6 metres to the ground when the stairwell void scaffold they were standing on collapsed. Both workers suffered injuries, including a broken hip. Preliminary investigations into the incident suggest a catastrophic failure of the void scaffold support bracket due to an existing fault. Incorrect fasteners were also in place to prevent accidental dislodgement of the support brackets. The voice scaffold was poorly designed and installed, with its components imported and not manufactured to meet the minimum scaffold standards.

Following the incident, SafeWork SA reminded businesses who commission or install void scaffolds to ensure they meet the minimum specifications as outlined in Australian Standard 1576.1. Scaffold planning and design aims to prevent scaffold collapse before, during and after placement of the scaffold. The collapse of a scaffold can lead to death or significant injury to workers.

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