Which scaffolding holds more weight

The heavy-duty scaffolding holds the most weight, with an average weight capacity of 40,300 lbs or 3.0 kN/m2. Knowing the maximum weight limit for scaffolding is crucial when choosing the right one for your project.

scaffold on a roof with a loading bay

How much weight should scaffolding be able to support

Scaffolding should be able to support its own weight and up to four times the designated maximum load. Different types of scaffolding have different weight limits. Implementing the specific scaffolding weight limit is crucial in promoting job site safety. A scaffolding bay should be able to hold approximately 10,000 pounds. The type of scaffolding is crucial in determining how much weight it can hold.

Scaffolding has a maximum capacity of between 4.0 kN/m2 to 10kN/m2 but this depends on how the scaffold is being used, its design and approval from the scaffolder, among other factors.

Heavy-duty scaffolding, which is typically used for cladding or masonry works has a capacity of up to 3.0 kN/m2 whereas general-purpose scaffolding has a capacity of 2.0 kN/m2 unless instructed otherwise by the scaffolder. Lightweight scaffolding has the least capacity of 0.75 kN/m2. How you intend to use your scaffolding is a crucial determinant of the most suitable option for the job.

Scaffold covered with blue debris netting

Scaffolding load capacity In the UK

According to the British standard BS EN 12811-1:2003, the specified scaffold uniformly distributed load capacity is 3.0kN/m2 and 0.6kN/m point load. The scaffold load capacity can be higher than this, depending on factors like how you intend to use the scaffold. Here are different types of scaffolding and their load capacities.

Type of scaffoldingLive load & point load capacity
Tube and clamp3 kN/m2 & 0.6 kN/m
System4 kN/m2 & 0.75 kN/m
Suspended2 kN/m2 & 0.4 kN/m

Factors affecting the weight capacity of scaffolding

From load distribution to the type of scaffold, there are several factors that affect the overall weight capacity of scaffolding. It’s crucial to consult with your scaffold provider so that you can determine the accurate weight capacity of your scaffolding. Some of these factors include the following:

  • Load distribution
  • Type of scaffolding
  • Scaffolding design
  • Materials being used
  • Condition of the site

With a maximum capacity range of 40,300 lbs, heavy-duty scaffolding can carry the most weight because of its capacity. The frames for such scaffolding are sturdy and strong, making it the best solution for masonry work and cladding projects.