Scaffolding is used for workers to reach different heights in construction with greater ease; however, this convenience comes at a steep price and when done wrong, can be very unsafe. Around the world, people have developed their own scaffolding systems that vary in material and setup. While we can only have a vague estimate of when scaffolds were first used, in Palaeolithic cave paintings, we know that it was something established worldwide for large structures.
For scaffolding in East Sussex or Europe in general, they mostly use tube scaffolding also known as the tube and coupler scaffold. In China, and other countries in Asia, the bamboo scaffold is mostly used, though the other types have already gained popularity. There are diverse ways of setting up your scaffold, depending on your needs and environment. There are currently five different ways to scaffold: the tube and coupler, the prefabricated modular system, the façade modular system, timber scaffolds, and bamboo scaffolds.
Tube and Coupler
The tube and coupler also known as the tube and clamp is one of the most common kinds of scaffolding and also one of the most labour intensive. They are quite versatile. They are set up with vertical tubes attached to horizontal ones using clamps for the main frame. Diagonal tubes are attached sporadically using a swivel clamp in order to stabilise the structure.
H-Type Light Façade Modular System
The H-frame or the façade modular system is made out of three basic parts: H-frame, the diagonals, and the safety fence. The frame is made out of metal tubes attached together by pins. It can be mobile when wheels are attached to the base. It is relatively light compared to timber, bamboo, and the tube coupler scaffolds, but it does not prevent it from reaching higher heights.
Bamboo is commonly used in construction in East, South, and Southeast Asia in general. It has a high tensile strength and is commonly found in the area. As a scaffold, it is mainly used in China and Hong Kong. Bamboos are split at the ends and connected to another split then bound together with a kind of rope or twine. Or twisting pliable bamboo poles together. In recent years, there have been restrictions made on bamboo scaffolding in China. It cannot be used for houses or buildings taller than six stories. However, in Hong Kong, it is still used for building skyscrapers.
Different areas have different rules for scaffolding to ensure safety. You might want to go higher, but there are certain limits depending on your area. If you are by the sea, having wheels on your scaffold might not be the best idea with the strong sea-side wind.
There are many different kinds of scaffolds, and each one unique to the area and is flexible according to the job. When you renovate your house or set up your next building, look into your kind of scaffolding and find the one that fit your needs the best without compromising safety.