The art of Scaffolding (and it is an art) has changed dramatically from it’s early beginnings with ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and Egyptians to the mega structures we see in today’s modern high rise buildings and sky scrapers.
You could easily be fooled into thinking that scaffolding is a very modern technique used for construction and access purposes, however great wonders such as the Pyramids were all created using a “primitive” scaffolding technique. Indeed any temporary structures that are built to provide access, can be referred to as scaffold. Back in ancient times techniques were based on simple planking structures, but the fact is, it still worked and if you excuse the pun, it worked wonders.
Today’s Scaffold structures are pieced together using strong steel piping, but years ago, wood was the primary resource used (bamboo in countries like China – which is still used to this day in some areas).
The main problem with scaffolding methods as they progressed through the ages was the lack of standardisation and conformity between methods and materials. This ultimately meant that construction was more difficult when it came to working on large projects and safety was compromised through no rules or understanding of core concepts.