The scaffold that’s the key to saving lives
More than 200 people have been treated for a severe allergic reaction to scaffolding and other materials used in the scaffolding boom.
Key points:The number of people with severe allergic reactions has increased dramatically over the past yearThe scaffolding industry has been flooded with new and highly-skilled scaffoldsManufacturers are scrambling to find new and more durable materialsSource: News24A scaffold manufacturer said there were fears that the current outbreak of anaphylaxis was a sign that the industry had become too reliant on scaffolds.
It said it was in the process of buying new scaffolds to replace those that were being sold and had been advised to stay away from the area where scaffolds were being installed.
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Anaphylactics (ANZSA) has warned of an “urgent need” for new and stronger scaffolds in Australia.
The organisation has been warning of the threat of an anaphlysis epidemic in the past two years.
It has called for an urgent national response to the rising number of scaffolds being installed and the potential for serious injuries.
“If this continues, we will need to act immediately,” ANZSA president David White said.
“This is not a situation that is going to go away overnight.”
It is a global pandemic and we must all work together to stop it.
“Mr White said scaffolding manufacturers were “working furiously” to find alternative materials for the production of scaffold products, adding that a lot of the new and high-skilled construction workers were already on site.”
There’s a very clear trend for more and more scaffold manufacturers to be finding that the cheaper and more easily-available materials are not what they need,” he said.’
There are many new, highly-qualified scaffold workers in Australia’The ANZsa survey also found that the number of new scaffold jobs had jumped by more than 25 per cent in the first half of this year.”
The number and types of jobs increased dramatically in the last 12 months and we are seeing a rise in the number and type of jobs being created for people who are highly qualified,” ANZA president David Hodge said.
Topics:health,aphylactic-diseases-other,health-policy,scalp,australiaFirst posted May 07, 2018 17:40:24Contact Victoria MacdonaldMore stories from Victoria