What is Scaffolding?

Everyday, we are seeing new buildings and If you are noticed, there are some structure surrounded these new buildings. These temporary structures are called Scaffolding. Material of Scaffolding depends on country's climate or culture. Here is how a Scaffolding System looks like;

Generally in U.S and Europe Steel and Aluminium Scaffolding Tubes are using for Scaffolding. But in some Asian countries you can see different examples of Scaffolding like Bamboo Scaffolding. This is widely using in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Vietnam.

Bamboo Scaffolding has been served for 4500 - 5000 years to Chinese people. The biggest point of Bamboo Scaffolding is it's not too heavy and very durable in heavy constructions. People still using this Scaffolding method in small constructions. Here is how Bamboo Scaffolding Looks like;

The fundamental elements in Scaffolding are; Transoms, Ledgers and Standarts (Uprights)

Scaffolding needs to be sited on a good foundation which will be strong enough to disperse the load of the scaffold as well as people working and any materials. Standards may be placed directly on a suitably strong foundation, however it is advisable to use 75mm x 75mm steel base plates . On surfaces less suitable sole plates should be used. If the sole plate is made from timber it must not be less than 35mm thick. The area of the sole plate under the standard is dependant on the ground. For hard ground the sole plate area should not be less than 1000cm2 with a minimum dimension of 225mm.

There are Health and Safety considerations that must be in place before and whilst the work is being carried out, be it demolition by hand or breaker. These should be an integral part of the planning process not just standard clauses tacked on the end. Two elements should be considered: firstly the job itself should be designed to minimise the risks to the breaker operator and also to everyone else on the site, secondly the operator should be given adequate protection to ensure he can carry out the job safely.

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