SAQ General Meeting – 16th March 2020

We would like to thank all of our guest presenters, members, and guests who were able to attend our first General Meeting for 2020.

Obviously it’s been a very unusual few weeks in Australia and all over the world with the outcomes of the COVID-19 outbreak taking effect on our businesses and lives, and as such, some of our guest presenters and members weren’t able to attend on the day. We do thank everyone who was able to make it and it was still a very productive meeting in the end with a lot of good industry information shared.

The video presentation of this General Meeting will be available to full members in around one week, we will send out an alert when this is ready for you to view.

Here’s a brief outline of what was presented and discussed at our General Meeting:




Workplace Health & Safety Queensland – Peter Rees, Lead Inspector South West Gold Coast

We thank Peter Rees for his commitment to our association and in always making himself available to share with us issues and information from Workplace Health & Safety Queensland. Today Peter presented and took questions on the following topics:

  • Common scaffolding issues identified during inspections
  • An overview and breakdown of enforcement issues for scaffolding
  • Tips to help maintain scaffolding compliance
  • Responding to questions received via the 2019 SAQ Member Survey
  • An update on the Scaffolding Code of Practice Review


Hilti – Benjamin Monavari & Ramey Othman, Consulting Engineers

Hilti are Associate Members of the SAQ and as such, show their commitment to our industry. Today Benjamin and Ramey joined us to update us on Legislative requirements for correct anchor selection and compliant anchor installation, which included compliance information from AS 5216, installation problems with anchors and the Hilti product range.

Their presentation was very informative and entirely relevant to our industry. Full members will be able to access this presentation in our video presentation and we encourage you to do so.

ATEC (Australiasian Training & Education Centre) – Lance Tulloch

Lance Tulloch from ATEC has recently joined the association as Associate Members and Lance joined us today to tell us about his company and what services they offer.

ATEC is a registered training organisation (RTO 40554) providing nationally recognised training and assessment for a wide range of services including HRWL, WHS, and short courses, but more specifically, Scaffolding. ATEC has been in operation since 2011 and Lance has 30 experience in construction and mining working in roles as a Scaffolder / Rigger, Supervision, Superintendent and Project Manager. With Lance’s experience, he understands the challenges that scaffolding training faces.

Lance’s presentation triggered a very interesting conversation about Australia’s current scaffolding industry training system which full members will be able to hear and see on our video presentation.


Inca Safety – Brian Simpson, Danielle Richards-Goodall


Inca Safety has also recently joined us as Associate Members. Inca Safety provides online training for construction workers and site managers to be educated in WHS. Inca Safety’s goal is to provide online training to make workplaces safer and the compliance process simpler to understand.

Inca Safety is currently putting together a scaffolding specific safety program to educate construction workers, site managers and supervisors on scaffold safety and would like the associations help with what we believe should be in this training package. Their concerns include educating other trades on what they can and can’t do on scaffolding including altering scaffold.

SAQ members will be asked for their feedback on Inca Safety’s training program.

Brand Industrial Services – Phillip Whitbread


Phillip Whitbread is a branch manager for Brand Industrial Services and also sits on the SAQ Executive Committee as our Treasurer. Following the Scaffolding Code of Practice Review, the use of 1.5m construction stair risers will be changing to eliminate the 500mm step up or down and to eliminate the 1.5m entry point. Some of the industry will be moving to a 2m riser however for a lot of scaffolding businesses, this will be cost-prohibitive. Phillip has been working on a solution using the gear that is already available which has recently been approved by Workplace Health & Safety Queensland.

This solution will be made available to our members and will be sent out in an alert shortly. Full members can also see this solution in the General Meeting video presentation.


Construc – Justin Smith, Director


Justin is a Director of Construc, construction consulting engineers, and today gave us an update on the new Temporary Works Forum in Australia.  A website is due to be launched in August which will have a great range of information including risk management and site-based information all to do with temporary works

Justin also informed us of general misconceptions that he is finding on construction sites regarding engineering involvement on scaffold structures and advice on avoiding scaffold collapse.

Full members can see more information on these topics on the General Meeting video presentation.


President of the SAQ and Director of Constuc – Rob Thiess

President of the SAQ, and Director of Construc, Rob Thiess, regularly updates our members on what is happening in our industry and is really in touch with the issues and opportunities that he presents to us. Here is an overview of what Rob presented to our members today:

    • Scaffolding Code of Practice Review – Update and dates when this code is believed to be released.
    • Fire Retardant Scaffolding Containment – AS 1576.7 Scaffolding, part 7: Safe use of encapsulation on scaffolding update.
    • SAQ Best Practice Guidelines update
    • AS/NZS 4576 draft and release
    • Silica Dust in the Workplace update
    • SAQ News


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