Category eleven – Best demonstrated health and safety work design
The Bo Arm is a mechanical extension grabber tool—an innovative solution that reduces the risk of a fall when dismantling hung cantilevered bracket scaffold.
The jaws of the Bo Arm are opened and closed by the handle on the shaft. The jaws grab the post and in an upward motion, the post is lifted from the spigot and into the building. The Bo Arm allows the worker to work safely from behind the frame without a need to reach outside of the frame for the post.
Buildsafe Queensland worked with its engineering team and product experts to develop and test the Bo Arm, then engaged workers, managers and compliance officers to get feedback and support from the field.
The Bo Arm successfully minimises the risk of a fall when dismantling hung cantilevered bracket scaffold by allowing workers to easily remove posts while remaining safely behind the building frame.
This new tool eliminates workplace risk and has reduced the time taken to complete the task, which represents a significant saving in labour costs.
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