Design Engineering specialises in the design and engineering of difficult access solutions. Our highly skilled scaffolding management team has many years’ experience in providing innovative solutions to the mining, oil and gas, marine and commercial industries.

Efficiencies in scaffold construction and dismantling ensure greater efficiencies for clients with reduced labour, shutdown and maintenance times. Our in-house engineers can design a solution that meets your requirements and supply CAD drawings to ensure the most effective scaffold design is used.

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What is the Australian Standard for Scaffolding?

The Australian scaffolding standard is focused primarily on worker safety. All scaffolding construction and use in Australia are governed by official Work, Health, and Safety (WHS) rules. The purpose is to ensure that scaffolding is erected based on the proper standards and requirements, resulting in safe, solid work environments.

Strictly certified scaffolders are permitted to install and disassemble scaffolding in Australia, as any working surface with a risk of falling of over four metres is designated as High-Risk Operation.

Scaffolding must be constructed to protect personnel from construction-related risks such as being injured by objects falling or falling themselves. Scaffolding standards span all aspects, from original design to dismantling. 

The Australian scaffolding standard requires that only certified, competent personnel design scaffolds. They should also supervise assembly, and a similarly qualified specialist should verify the scaffolding for conformity before it is utilised. Ongoing inspections are essential throughout the construction project.

The standards also address further issues such as scaffold load capacity, the components used in the framework, operating platforms, and the required scaffold handrail height in Australia.

Personnel must also be compliant and qualified, use the proper safety equipment and adhere to established protocols when performing tasks on scaffolding.

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How does Scaffold Efficiency Impact Project Cost and Times?

Scaffolding is one of the most significant, as well as the most difficult and potentially wasteful, indirect construction costs for projects. The cost and schedule implications of scaffolding on any building, capital project, turnaround, or maintenance operation are immense, making scaffolding a top priority for every financial manager and project manager.

A significant way to increase efficiency is to hire a scaffolding designer as soon as feasible in the design phase. Including a designer on the engineering team, collaborating with the construction team on overall strategy and constructability, and building a scaffold approach early on enables for the generation of precise, more accurate estimations. Scaffolding details develop as the model progresses, allowing for the use of novel strategies to reduce material waste, maximise labour production, and improve safety.

The simplicity of scaffold construction improves worksite efficiency. However, a design team can easily overcomplicate a design or cause clashes that necessitate on-site modification. Having the design team analyse the model for conflicts and congestion and create the most fit-for-purpose scaffold for access into the work front would prevent a lot of hassles in the field.

This simplicity frequently avoids misunderstanding among erection workers, saving time and money on rebuilds. With proper preparation, scaffold yard operators can choose the exact material required for each scaffold, bring it to the erection site, and give interactive model photos to the construction crew, increasing build efficiency.

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