Why are there so many different scaffolding types?
The different kinds of scaffolding in use are specific to certain parts of the world, perhaps because the equipment is easy to obtain in that particular area and many people are familiar with the system. For instance, tube and clip is a well-known system in England and Wales while Kwikstage is more common in Scotland and Australia.
In many cases, local codes are written with specific scaffolding types in minds and there’s often a great deal of local expertise on how each system works. In places like Northern Europe and Scandinavia where labour is expensive, the preferred scaffolding type is aluminium scaffolding which can be built faster due to its lighter weight. In other countries where labour is more affordable and aluminium is expensive, bamboo and wooden poles are commonly used.