How much weight can a scaffold hold?
The three main types of scaffold loads include light duty scaffolds (120kg per square metre), medium duty (240kg per square metre) and heavy duty scaffolds (240kg per square metre). The load capacity of a scaffold can be 4x the minimal base width (ratio of 4:1). For instance, a scaffolding with a base width of 6 meters will have a height of 24 meters.
Scaffolding that is greater than 125 feet above base plates can only be designed by a qualified person. The scaffold and its components should support its weight and four times the intended load. You must include the total weight of persons who will use the scaffold, tools, equipment, transmitted loads and other loads that will be applied to the scaffold at any time.