Educational webinar update and recap: lift planning, articulated cranes, scaffolding and elevated work platforms

The OFSC hosts regular educational webinars featuring presentations from industry experts and Federal Safety Officer (FSO) guidance on managing on-site hazards within the requirements of the WHS Accreditation Scheme (Scheme). Online attendance during these webinars has been substantial.

Next webinar

The next educational webinar on Scaffolding Risk Management is being held on Tuesday 31 May. Industry professionals interested in attending can request an invite by emailing

The following past webinars are available to watch:

Lift Planning for Crane Risk Management

This webinar was hosted by FSO Ralph Willson, with presentations by Brandon Hitch the CEO of the Crane Industry Council of Australia (CICA), and Stuart Edwards, Director at Edwards Heavy Lift and member of the CICA Technical Committee. It features an overview of lift plan definitions and terminology, advice on suitable levels of lift planning and discussion on the relevant checklists, templates, registers, plans that can be employed in each instance.

Articulated Cranes

Rory Bracken and Tom Clarke from Fulton Hogan and Brandon Hitch from CICA presented on articulated mobile cranes, with particular emphasis on how head contractors can work safely with crews onsite. FSO Julian Bedford discussed mobile crane risk management in relation to the Scheme.

Ground Conditions for Crane Risk Management

Alice Edwards from CICA and Nick Morris from Boom Logistics presented on ground bearing capacity for crane stability. FSO Craig Hutton presented on managing and evaluating ground conditions for crane work in relation to the Scheme audit criteria.

Scaffolding Risk Management

Josephine Taylor from Probuild and Luke Andonopoulus from Scaffshield presented on scaffolding risk management including protection against scaffold tampering. FSO Ralph Wilson discussed Scheme requirements pertaining to scaffolding and scaffolding management principles.

Secondary Safety Systems for Elevated Work Platforms

The first Hazard 2020 Campaign webinar focussed on secondary safety systems for Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs). With feature presentations by Graeme Silvester and Nathan Kiepe of CPB Contractors, Andrew Delahunt of the EWPA and FSO Brett Jones.

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