Frequently Asked Questions
For scaffolds with a working platform height of 4 metres or less, any physically sound & able person may erect a scaffold.For scaffolds where a person or object can fall more than 4 metres the person erecting the scaffold must have a certificate of competency. The minimum number of people who are required to erect a scaffold safely up to a height of 6 metres is 2. Above 6 metres a larger crew size is recommended.
A scaffold used for construction should be inspected before it is used for the first time and every 7 days there after, until it is removed. It should also be inspected each time it is exposed to conditions likely to cause deterioration eg following adverse weather conditions or following substantial alteration.
Basic scaffolding licence—required for scaffolding work involving:
- modular or prefabricated scaffolds
- cantilevered materials hoists with a maximum working load of 500 kilograms
- gin wheels
- fall arrest systems including safety nets and static lines, and
- bracket scaffolds (tank and formwork).
Intermediate scaffolding licence—required for scaffolding work involving:
- cantilevered crane loading platforms
- cantilevered scaffolds
- spur scaffolds
- barrow ramps and sloping platforms
- scaffolding associated with perimeter safety screens and shutters
- mast climbing work platforms, and
- tube and coupler scaffolds including tube and coupler covered ways and gantries.
Advanced scaffolding licence—required for scaffolding work involving:
- cantilevered hoists
- hung scaffolds including scaffolds hung from tubes, wire ropes or chains, and
- suspended scaffolds.