The independent scaffolding is the most common-used type of scaffolding. Unlike the putlog scaffolding, it is not physically tied into the brickwork but it has an inside row of standards for the inside support.

What is it

The independent scaffold consists of two rows of standards with each row being joined together with ledgers. The ledgers support the transverse transoms. The scaffold is erected independent from the building but is tied to it at suitable intervals. The inner row should be set as close as is practicable to the building. A base plate is provided for each row of standards. In addition, diagonal braces are fitted between standards to provide stability. The distance between the lines of standards should be the minimum necessary to accommodate the required number of boards and toe boards.

Where to use it

This type of scaffolding is suitable for both the residential and commercial sectors, building and construction industries.

It does not depend on the building and its structure as it does not use the building for support. The ledges touch the building in a few places to improve the stability but it is a self-supporting structure.

The independent scaffolding is basically used to provide a structure for light projects, like painting, decorating, and cladding.


There are various types of independent scaffolds which are used for different purposes. Please contact so we can discuss your needs further.

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