How to put up scaffolding

Updated April 17, 2017

Most construction and maintenance workers all over the world have used scaffolding at some point in their careers. Scaffolds are used to reach higher areas in which a ladder isn't quite long enough. Although, scaffold must be erected properly or they can be extremely dangerous. Today's scaffolds are made from steel and not the wood planks of yesterday. This means that they are stronger but, if they were to fall, they could cause serious damage.

Remove all of the gravel, rocks, garbage and debris from the area in which the scaffold will be erected. If anything is left in the area, there is a chance of danger.

Hold one side of the scaffold up straight while another person locks the two arm braces to it. Once erected, these arms will provide stability.

Hold a second side of the scaffold up straight, across from the first side. Move the arm braces into an "X" pattern and lock the loose ends to the second side of the scaffolding.

Place two wooden planks atop the scaffolding. They should be parallel to the "X" that you have already formed.

Lock the wheels if the scaffolding has casters. If it is on pads, place breeze blocks around the legs for extra stability.

Repeat steps two through four, if additional height is needed. Instead of placing the scaffolding on the ground, thread the legs into the open slots atop the support posts.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden planks
  • Breeze blocks
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