What is Basic scaffolding?
Scaffolding work includes putting up, changing or taking down of a temporary structure that is used to support a work platform, where a person or object could fall more than four metres.
To perform basic scaffolding duties you need to have a Basic Scaffolding – SB high risk work licence.
Basic scaffolding work includes:
- modular or prefabricated scaffolds
- cantilevered hoist with a maximum working load of 500 kg (materials only)
- gin wheels
- safety nets and static lines
- bracket scaffolds (tank and form work).
What is a basic scaffolding licence?
There are three types of scaffolding licences in Australia: Basic, Intermediate & Advanced. Each licence type corresponds to the subsequent level of risk and difficulty involved on the job.
A basic scaffolding licence (also known as a “SB”) is an entry level that is aimed at beginners or those with little experience but are interested in this line of work.
It is a required licence for general scaffolding tasks and also to ensure you are equipped with the right knowledge and safety standards for the job (in order to reduce the chance of accidents and injuries on site).
A SB licence also helps to create a pathway for further study and a career at a higher level in scaffolding.
What does a basic scaffolding licence allow you to do in Australia?
Once you have your basic scaffolding licence, you can apply to become a scaffolder and be involved in the assembly and dismantling of platforms and structures.
This doesn’t just apply to residential or commercial/industrial construction worksites – in fact, there are several industries that require scaffolders. Events (such as music and entertainment) also have a need for a range of scaffolding skills and tasks too.
What will you learn in a basic scaffolding course?
Employers have a responsibility to ensure both your safety, and the safety of others on any scaffolding project.
This becomes even more essential in a higher-risk environment like scaffolding where you are working at heights. This is why safety compliance and regulations form an important part of the course.
You will also learn a range of tasks to prepare you for practical work after completion, including things like;
– Planning and procedures
– Selecting and inspecting equipment
– Dealing with defects
– Securing the site and minimising hazards when working
– Onsite communication
– Assembly & disassembly of modular and prefabricated scaffolds
– Working load limits
– Using ropes and gin wheels
– Installing safety nets
– Use of static lines
– Tank and formwork
– Erecting hoists
SafeWork/WorkSafe conditions of assessment:
- Applicants to be at least 18 years of age.
- Able to produce 100 points or more of identification as per the SafeWork/WorkSafe identification checklist.
- Speak and understand English at a level to be able to participate in the training and assessment
Note: Verbal assessments can be arranged for applicants with writing and reading difficulties (extra charge applies)