Types of Scaffolding: What are your Options?

There’s a wide range of scaffolding that can be used in construction to accommodate various job requirements. The precise names and terminology can vary from place to place. But in general, they all fall under several basic types.

They just depend on how the scaffold interacts with the building it is up against. Moreover, how it is constructed and the type of weight it can support are also matters of concern.

Knowing the Different Types of Scaffolding

Choosing the most appropriate form of scaffolding is an important stage in construction. To get you started, here are some of the different types:

Supported scaffolding

This is the most commonly used form of scaffolding seen on jobsites in various industries. This type utilises brackets, poles, uprights, outrigger beams, and the like. Supported scaffolding is built from the base upwards and workers stand on a platform securely supported below them. Supported scaffolding includes:

  • Frame scaffold or fabricated frame
  • Mobile scaffolding with wheels
  • Tube and coupler
  • Ladder jack
  • Pump jack
  • Pole

Suspended scaffolding

As the name suggests, this type of scaffolding is meant to be suspended while in use. It looks similar to supported scaffolding in that it consists of a platform with supports. However, the support comes from an overhead structure and it is suspended in the air with ropes and pulleys. It can be raised or lowered at will, usually by a lever or crank or through mechanical means. This type of scaffolding is usually used by window cleaners of skyscrapers and other tall buildings. Examples of suspended scaffolding include:

  • Two-point (swing stage)
  • Single-point adjustable
  • Multiple-point adjustable
  • Catenary
  • Interior hung
  • Needle beam
  • Float
  • Multi-level

Rolling scaffolding

Rolling scaffolding is best suited for short duration work that must be carried out at multiple locations or when work needs to be completed over a longer distance than a single scaffolding construction would permit. It is a similar type of construct to supported scaffolding, but rather than offering a stable base, it uses castor style wheels that enable the base to be moved. It is used mainly by mechanical and electrical trades. There are two main types of rolling scaffolding:

  • Castor
  • Farm wagon

What types of scaffolding does your construction need? Make sure to ask the experts. Contact Scafflink Australia and we will be more than happy to answer your queries.