Painting exterior surfaces safely at heights above 2 metres presents many challenges. Many years ago, work was carried out using wooden extension ladders, timber planks and hand made timber trestles. Numerous injuries and some deaths occurred as a result of poor and rushed workplace practices. Today Occupational Health and Safety Laws prevent employers and employees from engaging in backyard cowboy practices.
In Victoria, if you work in the General Construction Industry, there a specific obligations and duties that you must comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) 2004 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS Regulations) 2017. This code provides a guidance for safe practices when working at height.
Despite the difficulty of working at heights of up to 10 metres, many construction sites and existing homes also throw challenges like working with obstructive vegetation, undulating or steep surfaces, awkward house designs and fragile landscape platforms like tiles. Working with such challenges can be overcome by having Aluminium Scaffolding Towers installed for safe, sturdy and ease of access work platforms just like the pictures below show.
Aluminium Towers are supplied to cater for different widths and heights necessary to complete the work required and are constructed to accommodate multiple working levels. They are considered lightweight and are easily erected with many scaffolding companies taking precaution not to damage existing surfaces by providing timber sole boards beneath each tower legs.
The internal ladders allow the Painter to climb safely to all platform levels and the angled aluminium outriggers provide stability to the tower to stop it from toppling over. When the work is completed, the scaffolders return and dismantle the scaffolding towers and remove them from the site.
All mobile Aluminium Scaffolding Towers above 4 metres are installed and dismantled by certified and licensed contractors who must also comply with the codes and regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act & Regulations.