Independent Scaffolding

What is Independent Scaffolding?

Independent scaffolding is the most commonly used type of scaffolding. To keep the scaffold stable, it has an inner row of standards for inside support but is not physically tied into the brickwork  of the structure.

It has two rows of standards with each row connected by ledgers, which support the traverse transoms. Although an independent scaffold is erected independently of the structure, it is tied to the structure at appropriate locations. 

A base plate should be provided for each row of standards with the inner row positioned as close as possible to the structure.  To further improve stability, diagonal braces are installed between the standards. 

When erecting an independent scaffold, the distance between the rows standards should be kept to a minimum in order to allow for the necessary number of boards and toe boards.

When and Where to Use This Type of Scaffolding

An independent scaffold is suitable for a variety of structures. This includes residential, commercial and industrial settings. This type of scaffold is generally used for light work like external decoration, painting and cladding.

Since this type of scaffold does not use the structure for support, the type of structure does not determine whether or not an independent scaffold is used. It is a self-supporting structure with the ledges touching the  building in a few strategic places to help with stability.

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