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ScaffSafe blitz to be extended

June 08, 2020

SafeWork NSW can issue on-the-spot fines of $720 for individuals and $3,600 for businesses if they find workers are at serious or imminent risk of falls from heights or if they find contractors performing unlicensed scaffolding works.

SafeWork NSW is continuing its focus on scaffolds with inspectors continuing to check that they:

  • are built to Australian Standards

  • are not missing components

  • are erected, dismantled or altered only by people with the correct scaffolding high risk work licence

  • remain compliant throughout the construction project

More than 360 sites have been inspected by SafeWork NSW under the ScaffSafe 2020 program. 

HIA encourages all builders, principal contractors and PCBUs, to check your scaffolds, confirm your contractors are properly licensed and ensure they are built in accordance with standards and adequately tied to the structure.

Scaffolding is a high risk work that requires a high risk work licence. You can check a high risk work licence is valid by visiting

HIA has an information sheet on scaffolding requirements in NSW.

For more information on this topic please contact your workplace advisor on 1300 650 620.