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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure the structural integrity of the scaffold; and
- Implement an effective system to adequately monitor its workers’ inspections, alterations and repairs of the scaffold.
WorkSafe’s investigation established that the scaffold was deficient in the following material ways:
(a) The bracing was inadequate and did not comply with the manufacturer’s instructions or the Good Practice Guidelines: Scaffolding in New Zealand;
(b) The number of ties used was inadequate to stabilise the structure given its size, nature and the construction of the scaffold;
(c) The ties were applied in locations that would not afford optimum stability of the scaffold;
(d) The ties were not of the recommended configuration; and
(e) Additional ties and bracing should have been installed to take account of the additional dead lead created by the screening on the scaffold.