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The Many Different Components of Scaffolding

The Many Different Components of Scaffolding

By on May 5, 2022 in Blog |

In one of our most recent blogs, we covered some of the commonly used scaffolding jargon. We quickly alluded to some of the different components of a typical scaffolding structure. While different types of scaffolding can have different components, the vast majority of structures have certain set components. 

Let’s take a look at the different components of scaffolding and, while we are at it, let’s detail what they look like and how they are typically used. 

Different Decking

Decking is an essential part of any erected scaffolding. Suitable high quality decking provides the perfect groundwork for any safe working platform. Decking is usually described as the horizontal platforms laid across the structure to allow workers safe footing. 

There are multiple specific decking system options for your scaffolding. At Network Scaffolding, we supply industry leading safety decking, or crash decking as it is sometimes known. Safety decking is extremely effective at preventing falls, is a high quality safety platform and it is incredibly practical when it comes to erecting and dismantling a scaffolding structure. 

So why not consider investing in crash decking today? It is one of the best forms of fall protection. 


Standards are arguably the most important of a scaffolding structure. Without standards the structure would not be erected at all, never mind have any kind of structural integrity. 

Standards are the long circular pipes supporting the weight of the scaffolding from the ground up. They are usually fixed into a secure base plate to allow for firm and safe footing when working commences on the scaffolding. 


When it comes to scaffold erecting, there are few components as important to the overall structural integrity of the scaffolding as a ledger. Without ledgers, there is no question that the scaffolding will not be as safe as it should be.

Sometimes known as simply runners, ledgers are tubes that connect standards along the length of scaffolding. The tubes should be secure on the inside of the standards with load bearing couplers to help with further support and with weight distribution. 

Guard Rails

For any scaffolding over 2 meters tall with a slight risk of falling, guard rails are a necessity. While guard rails themselves might have certain requirements on them depending on the structure they are catering for; there is no doubt that these rails are extremely effective and practical. They are very practical largely because you can move the rails out of the way and back again when working on a previously erected site. 

Toe Boards

Toe boards are another fantastic fall prevention system, however, toe boards are more effective at stopping your equipment and tools from falling. The boards run along the mid-rail and guardrail and they are sometimes called kickboards. 

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