Simian Guide to Independent Scaffolds

About the module

Tied independent scaffolding typically provides access to a building façade and is perhaps the most commonly-used type of access scaffolding. An independent scaffold consists of two rows of vertical tubular members called standards erected parallel to the building. These standards are joined with horizontal longitudinal members called ledgers, connected with right-angle couplers to form the horizontal levels of the scaffold, or lifts. The ledgers are in turn connected by transverse horizontal members called transoms fixed above the ledgers with putlog couplers. These transoms support the working platforms, which are usually formed from scaffold boards. Scaffolding lifts are enclosed with edge protection to prevent operatives and materials falling from the platforms. The edge protection comprises guard rails, usually formed from scaffold tubes, and toe boards, which are usually scaffold boards set on edge between the decking and standards at boarded lifts.

This module consists of 15 sections

  • Introduction
  • Foundations & Ground Conditions
  • Load Classes
  • Platforms
  • Lifts
  • Erection Procedures
  • Transoms
  • Bracing
  • Guardrail and Toe-boards
  • Decking
  • Inside Boards
  • Joints
  • Requirements of an Incomplete Scaffold
  • Dismantling Procedure
  • Independent Scaffolds - Animation
Module summary
Cost: 1 credit Certificate: Certificate Exam length: 60 minutes Study method: Online
The modules will consist of presentations slides, some will have videos and animations as well. All modules will have a test paper. Mock exams will consist of 10 questions from the question banks and some questions may not be from the module you have taken. Exams will have 20 questions based on the subject of the presentation, you will have 2 attempts and we require an 80% pass.
Certification will be valid for five years. You will be required to upload a photo to be placed on your certificate. This module is theory and we recommend you undertake practical scaffold training as well.
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