Scaffolding, also called staging, is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance, and repair of buildings and other man made structures. Scaffolds are widely used at the job site to reach heights and areas that would be otherwise difficult to access.
Typical components of the scaffolding include:
— vertical tubes that transfer the entire mass of the structure to the ground (also called “uprights”)
- Base plate – square plate with a shank on its center to hold the standards in place
- Ledgers — horizontal tubes that connect between the standards
- Transoms — rest at right angles upon the ledgers
- Cross braces — placed diagonally from ledger to ledger next to the standards to which they are fitted to increase rigidity