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What is scaffolding used for

A scaffold is a temporary structure used as a working platform to offer support for both people and work materials. It is used in building and construction and has different purposes such as building story buildings, painting hard-to-reach areas, and cleaning rooftops. 

Scaffolding is recommended by safety authorities as a safety measure for any work above 4 metres. Compared to ladders, they are much safer. 

yellow & blue skip in background scaffold covered in white debris netting

What is the difference between scaffold and scaffolding?

Although the two words can be used interchangeably referring to the suspended platform, there is a slight difference between the two. 

Scaffolding refers to the metal framework that supports the scaffold. A scaffold is the whole structure including the platform. Scaffolding does not include the working platform.

Here you can also find all other uses for scaffolding.

What is the purpose of scaffolding?

The main purpose of scaffolding is to offer a support platform in hard-to-reach areas either during renovation or construction. 

Other functions include;

  • Providing easy access to areas that are otherwise hard to reach. Example walls of story buildings
  • Ensures safety of workers. Compared to ladders, scaffolds offer a steady platform where you have enough space to place your building materials and move around comfortably. 
  • Acts as a bridge when trying to move between two points without having to take a long way. 
  • Scaffolds also increase overall productivity due to their convenience. Such as working with your equipment close by, or having a steady platform. 

Although scaffolds ensure safety, it is still important to wear suspenders for extra safety.

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