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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure an effective risk assessment on use of the mobile scaffold is conducted;
- Develop a safe system of work for the use of the mobile scaffold, including:
- Identifying and managing the risks associated with the use of the mobile scaffold;
- Documenting specific safety procedures for the use of the mobile scaffold;
- Implementing policies and procedures on the safe use of the mobile scaffold;
- Monitoring the use of the mobile scaffold.
- Ensure the provision of effective information, training and instruction in the use of the mobile scaffold;
- Ensure that persons who are not experienced or formally trained in the safe use of the mobile scaffold are supervised by a competent person when they are using it; and
- Alternatively, ensure a scissor-lift or mobile elevated work platform is used instead of the mobile scaffold to access height.
The group used a 4.95 metre tall mobile scaffold to access the lighting gantry in the school auditorium. The working platform of the mobile scaffold was 3.9 metres high.
On the day of the incident, two victims were on top of the platform. One took hold of the lighting gantry bar and intended to pull the mobile scaffold to the next light. The mobile scaffold overbalanced and toppled over. Both victims fell off the scaffold and suffered injuries as a result.
Sections 48(1) and 2(c), and 36(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
Total reparation: $100,000.