Scaffolding Definition: What You Need To Know About Scaffolding

Scaffolding Definition

This article on “Scaffolding Definition” aims to give an in-depth explanation on scaffolding activity.

The scaffolding definition will cover –

  • Scaffolding Definition
  • What is a scaffold
  • Categories of scaffold
  • Types of scaffolding
  • Risk Associated with scaffolding
  • Safe working practice for scaffolding
  • Don’ts when working from a scaffold

The process of setting up a scaffold is called scaffolding and a person who sets up a scaffold is called a scaffolder.

A scaffold is a temporary working structure, set with poles, wood or iron to hold workers, materials or both. It is an elevated working platform. It provides a better and spacious working platform when the use of ladder is not feasible.

Some jobs that requires a scaffold are:

  • Repairs
  • Erection
  • Decoration
  • Painting
  • Electrical installations, etc.


OSHA categorizes scaffold into three (3) basic types:

  1. Supported Scaffold: This consist of one or more platforms, supported by rigid, load-bearing members, such as poles, legs, frames and outriggers.
  2. Suspended Scaffold: This is one which has one or more platforms suspended by ropes or other non-rigid, overhead support.
  3. Other Scaffold: Principally, this consist of personnel hoist, man-lifts, etc.


Types Of Scaffolding

  1. Single scaffolding
  2. Double scaffolding
  3. Cantilever scaffolding
  4. Suspended scaffolding
  5. Trestle scaffolding
  6. Steel scaffolding
  7. Patented scaffolding

Major Risk associated with scaffolding

  • Fall from height
  • Falling object
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, etc

Safe working practice for scaffolding

  • Scaffolding should be carried out by competent personnel only.
  • All scaffold must be assessed and certified before use.
  • Safe access and egress but be provided.
  • Adequate fall protection should be provided when working from a scaffold.
  • In cases of falling objects and tools, debris net may be installed in the scaffold to checkmate falling objects, tools and materials.

Don’ts when working from a scaffold

  • Don’t over reach, work to the limit of the scaffold.
  • Don’t stand on the scaffold edge protection rail to work.
  • Don’t try to move the scaffold while still on it. (Applicable to mobile scaffold)
  • Don’t use the scaffold rail to access the scaffold, use the ladder.
  • Don’t set the scaffold on an uneven ground.
  • Don’t climb any scaffold when it has not been certified safe for use and when there is no safe scaf tag on it.
  • Don’t carry materials when climbing unto a scaffold; always maintain 3-point contact. Use tag line to convey your materials.


From our topic “Scaffolding Definition”, we have been able to provide series of information about scaffolding.

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