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Scaffolding components are individual items that can be used to increase the overall safety and function of scaffolding. While full sets of scaffolding can be purchased with all of the necessary components, it is also possible to purchase components separately.

Scaffolding Components Overview

What are Scaffolding Components?

Scaffolding components are materials, hardware and other items that are designed to increase the overall stability and function of scaffolding. They may include pipes that serve as supports, castor wheels that increase the mobility of the scaffolding, pins that help lock the scaffolding in place or a variety of other components.

How to Choose Scaffolding Components

When choosing scaffolding components, you should consider the following factors:

  • Application: Since there are many different types of scaffolding components available, the type of component selected depends on the specific use of each type of component.

  • Materials: The materials used to create various scaffolding components are dependent upon the type of component that it utilized, though most are steel, aluminum or fiberglass.

  • Height/Reach: Certain scaffolding components can help to expand and extend the overall height of the scaffolding or the amount of surface area that is available while working on top of the scaffolding.

  • Duty Rating: When selecting scaffolding components, be sure to select those that are rated to go along with the other components that you have purchased for your scaffolding.

  • Safety Concerns: Utilizing scaffolding components can help to increase the safety of your scaffolding. Be sure to select items that are complimentary to ensure they provide optimum safety.

Scaffolding Component Uses

The uses for scaffolding components depend upon the specific type of component purchased. Some scaffolding components and their uses include:

  • Standards (also referred to as uprights): vertical tubes that transfer the weight of the scaffolding system to the ground

  • Ledgers: Horizontal tubes that connect the standards

  • Transoms: Items that rest on the ledgers at right angles and provide additional support for boards and platforms

  • Cross Braces: Connect diagonally to standards, ledgers and transoms to provide structural strength and stability

  • Couplers: Connect the tubes of the scaffolding together – available in straight, right-angle and swivel varieties

  • Base Plates: Act as feet on the bottom of the scaffolding and spread the load of the standards

  • Guard-Rails and Toe-Boards: Provide safety and prevent falls by workers or equipment

  • Ladders: Provide access to the scaffolding from the ground or from bay to bay

  • Ties and Pins: Used to secure the scaffolding to the adjacent building or structure

  • Outriggers: Expand the base of the scaffolding to increase stability

  • Wheels and Casters: Used on indoor scaffolding for easy transport and locking in place

Scaffolding Component Safety Tips

Frame scaffolding can be purchased in the form of separate components that are pieced together to create a full scaffolding set. To ensure you are using these parts safely and putting them together properly, pay careful attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is also important to select scaffolding components that are designed to be fit together and be used together for one cohesive unit in order to ensure safety.