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Scaffolding work

High Risk Work

Scaffolding work has been classed as High Risk Work since 1 September 2010. To undertake this work you need a Licence to Perform High Risk Work.

To get a new qualification in scaffolding work you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an Assessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA (PDF 45kb). For further details see Getting a new licence or adding a class.

There are three classes of scaffolding work:

Basic scaffolding (Class SB)

consists of scaffolding work connected with the operation or use of:

  • Modular or pre-fabricated scaffolds
  • Cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500kg
  • Ropes
  • Gin wheels
  • Safety nets and static lines, and
  • Bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork)
Intermediate scaffolding (Class SI)

consists of all basic scaffolding work, as well as scaffolding work involving any of the following:

  • Cantilevered crane-loading platforms
  • Cantilevered scaffolds
  • Spur scaffolds
  • Barrow ramps and sloping platforms
  • Scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • Mask climbing work platforms
  • Tube and coupler scaffolds (including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries)

Advanced scaffolding (Class SA)

consists of all intermediate scaffolding work, as well as scaffolding work involving any of the following:

  • Cantilevered hoists
  • Hung scaffolds, including scaffolds hung from tubes, wire ropes or chains, and
  • Suspended scaffolds

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