Common Types of Scaffolding Explained

You will never find a scaffolding platform the same as another.  All buildings are different and where safety and convenience is concerned, a customised solution is always best.  A specifically designed scaffolding solution will always give the best fit to provide a solid platform to work from.

Depending on the height, size and how long the scaffolding is needed for scaffolding companies can choose from a few types of structure:

Independent scaffolding

The most common type used in residential and commercial projects.  This is what Blitz Scaffolding specialise in.  Independent scaffolding is highly versatile and can be installed quickly and economically.  It comprises of one or several platforms that are installed at around 2 metre intervals from the ground upwards.  The scaffold is usually secured to the building or structure that the work is taking place on.


Beam work/ bridges /  gantry’s

For hard to reach areas beam scaffolding can be installed to span across obstacles and provide unobstructed access below.  You’ll often find this type of scaffolding where there is a need for vehicle and pedestrian traffic to continue with work taking place above.  Gantry’s are commonly installed over car park entrances, alongside bridges to enable repairs and can also be used to create temporary bridge paths.


Birdcage scaffolding / crash deck scaffolding

A simple but highly versatile design, birdcage scaffolding provides a single, continuous platform for access to ceilings, low roofs etc.   Crash decks are good for providing protection to workers and helping to prevent falls.

These types of scaffolds are common in large commercial buildings and are mainly found internally but can be used externally as well.  They can be installed quickly, often by a single contractor and can conveniently adapt to the space required.


Mobile/tower/trestle scaffolding

Primarily used inside for light maintenance work and painting, these platforms come pre-configured and sit on wheels for easy manoeuvring.  A common height is at most 5 meters; ladders can be included to allow safe access up and down the tower.  Mobile scaffolding can be beneficial where the requirement for an independent scaffold would be too large/impractical. Since it can be moved any areas where work is required can be accessed with the same cost-effective platform.


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