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Scaffshield™ — An innovation in Scaffold control & safety

MBA NSW Magazine January – March 2020 Issue 1

Scaffshield™ is a patented, anti-tamper assembly
that can be applied to scaffold couplers and node
points to stop unauthorised loosening or removal
of scaffold ties, ledgers and hop ups along with ladder
beams, stairs and the like.
It is the first and only control measure of its kind to
reduce scaffold tampering.
The application of Scaffshield™ onto any structure will
reduce the risks of scaffold incidents leading to site
disruptions, major injuries or fatalities.
Scaffshield™ was developed following a tragic incident
in Macquarie Park, Sydney in April of 2019 where a fixed
scaffold collapsed killing a worker and seriously injuring
another man whilst working on a large scale residential
From this devastating incident it became clear that
more control was required to ensure the safety of
workers involved in erection of scaffold and working on
This was further reinforced by the findings in Safework
NSW recent ‘Operation Scaffsafe blitz’ which identified
numerous instances where scaffold had been altered
or modified by unauthorised personnel, or had missing
parts or components whilst still being used.
The Scaffshield™ assembly is comprised of a nut
within a free spinning outer sleeve, which is installed
on a typical scaffold coupler t-bolt using a custom
manufactured Scaffkey.
The free spinning sleeve is screwed down to sit over the
coupler nut, preventing any standard shifting tool from
loosening the coupler nut.
A custom manufactured key known as the Scaffkey
is used to install and remove the Scaffshield™ over
the coupler nut. Scaffkeys are numbered and leased
via a tightly controlled register. They are only available
to site authorised supervisors and can’t be copied or
The installation is simple and non intrusive, with
Scaffshield™ installed as part of the erection process
or can be easily retrofitted. A single Scaffshield™ unit
can typically be installed within 10-15 seconds over the
existing scaffold coupler nut.
Scaffshield™ ultimate feature is the control it gives to
scaffold supervisors, site and safety managers as to
when and how components are removed for ease of
work or during dismantling of the scaffold itself. The
highly visible yellow Scaffshield™ caps bring piece of
mind that the structure is complete, untampered and
ultimately safe.
The product has received resoundingly positive
feedback following release in October 2019 with major
construction companies such as Lend Lease, Built,
FDC, Probuild, Kane Constructions and many more
agreeing to trial Scaffshield ™ on their sites.

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Scaffshield™ — An innovation
in Scaffold control & safety

Speak Up to report unsafe work

Originally published by Safework NSW on safework.nsw.gov.au

It’s easy for you to report unsafe work and be completely confidential – if you want it to be.

You’re at work and you notice something unsafe …

You try to tell your boss or supervisor but they brush it off?

Or they sort it out but it happens again the next day?

Or you don’t tell anyone at all because you’re worried it might create problems for you?

There are a million scenarios that if not fixed or reported can lead to an incident where somebody gets seriously hurt or even killed.

So Speak Up.

It’s now easier for you to report unsafe work and completely confidential – if you want it to be.

Speak Up triggers a routine SafeWork NSW response: your report is assessed, and we take action as needed.

For instance, if you decide to provide your contact details we might first provide advice about what you can do to help fix the issue.

You’re not alone – we will talk you through how you can raise the matter with the people responsible and what the law says about what you have described.

If what you have told us could potentially cause a very serious incident, we might need to send an inspector out to your workplace.

If you have chosen to provide your details, we will also keep you updated and let you know what the outcome of your report was.

You will also get a reference number so you can follow up your report.

This tool is specifically for notifying unsafe work – don’t use it to notify an incident, this should be done by the person in charge on 13 10 50, but you can also call this number if an incident hasn’t been notified.

Jodie Deakes, SafeWork NSW Director of Operational Capability, said workplace safety starts with everyone, even if you’re the youngest or newest employee or English is not your first language.

“We understand you may not always be in the position to raise an issue. If you have tried or can’t, we want you to use Speak Up instead,” Ms Deakes said.

“Speaking up about unsafe work can be hard for some. If you’re a young worker, you come from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, have recently migrated to Australia or you are working as a labour hire employee, Speak Up can overcome the barriers that stop you from asserting your rights.

“But don’t forget that while you have the right to a safe and healthy workplace, you also have an obligation to report unsafe work or unhealthy work environments.

“Consider approaching your supervisor, safety representative or employer first, but if you can’t the most important thing is that you do speak up.

“Dodgy is dangerous, so if you think something isn’t right – Speak Up.

“Speaking up could prevent you or your workmates experiencing the worst day of your life.”