Scaffold Info

Adelaide and Brisbane Scaffolding, also called scaffold or staging, is a temporary structure used to support a work crew and materials to aid in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings, bridges and all other man-made structures. Scaffolds are widely used on site to get access to heights and areas that would be otherwise hard to get to. Scaffolding is also used in adapted forms for formwork and shoring, grandstand seating, concert stages, access/viewing towers, exhibition stands, ski ramps, half pipes and art projects.

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Different types of scaffolding have various functions. There are two main characteristics of scaffolding. First, supported types use a system of frames, poles and planks from the base up, with the ground serving as the foundation.

Supported varieties are very common and considered the easiest, cheapest, most convenient and safest way to erect scaffolding. They accommodate multiple tiers from which workers can perform their duties. As supported types scale up, the frames and planks connect by bolts and couplers or from steel tubes held in place by clamps. Hanging brackets connect different levels of scaffolding.

The precise names and terminology used to describe scaffolding types and terminology may differ from Adelaide to Brisbane! Types of scaffolding refer to the interaction between an existing building or structure, the weight supported and the construction.

In Adelaide and Brisbane, the scaffolding we can supply:

  • Independent or birdcage scaffolding
  • Single pole scaffolding
  • Baker’s scaffolding
  • Cantilever scaffolding
  • Frame scaffolding
  • Hanging or swing stage scaffolding
  • Pump jack scaffolding
  • Roll and fold scaffolding
  • Tube and clamp scaffolding
  • Hanging bracket scaffolding
  • Bridging scaffolding
  • Staging and lighting scaffolding
  • Roofing scaffolding


While scaffolding appears to be a relatively straightforward structure, its safe construction and use often relies on sophisticated engineering and interaction of multiple forces. Important specifications of scaffolding include:

  • Safety load specifications
  • Maximum bay lengths, lift heights, leg loads and tie spacing (horizontal, vertical and tie duty)
  • Platform boarding arrangement
  • Information of additional elements
  • All detail pertinent to the design, installation and use of the scaffolding


Scaffolding is a network of support frames and planks connected by joints that is temporarily erected to provide workers and their equipment access to the sides of buildings, interior walls and ceilings. Standard scaffolding is built modularly and for easy transport to multiple locations from our Adelaide and Brisbane sites.

It is utilised in adjusted forms for grandstand seating, exhibition stands, film sets, sporting events and formwork and shoring.

The purpose of scaffolding remains the same throughout history: provide laborers access to perform work in an area too high to reach. However, the technology has changed.

Standards for safety, improved materials and stronger designs emerged in the early 20th century, significantly improving dangerous working conditions.

Advances in metallurgy in the first part of the 20th century introduced tubular steel water pipes in place of timber poles, helping to standardize dimensions and improve structural stability.

For the modern history…Daniel Palmer Jones and David Henry Jones led the revolution in scaffolding construction. Several scaffold components developed then are still in prominent use today.

Their “Universal Coupler” which allowed for the construction of scaffolding without using rope, debuted in 1919 and quickly became an industry standard. Diagonal bracings began to appear in scaffolding around the middle of the century, further improving stability, particularly in scaffolding used on tall buildings.


The use and application of scaffolding are vast and diverse, matching numerous work purposes.
Various uses throughout Adelaide and Brisbane building and job sites include:

  • Initial construction of a building
  • Renovation work to exterior walls, interior walls and ceilings
  • Roofing installation, upgrade and repair
  • Restoration work on historic buildings and art or sculptures attached
  • Window washing
  • Window replacements
  • Siding work
  • Painting and sealing



General construction, interior and exterior painting, window washing and roofing are normal applications of scaffolding solutions today. Selection criteria in these areas are based on varying degrees of uniqueness needed for each job. For example, roofing scaffolding requires the necessary scaffolding functions of performing roof work safely.

However, particular climates and work environments narrow the choices. This concept applies to all applications of scaffolding.  An expert understanding of scaffolding is necessary as additional features are evaluated for proper selection – Talk to us.


Examples of climate and environment considerations are as follows:

  • Freezing temperatures – platform materials that are less slick under icy conditions
  • Storms – climates with high chance of lightning should use less metal materials
  • High Wind –  requires extra safety harnessing options

We prescribe that all scaffolding systems be erected, inspected and taken down via our services. We are your trained scaffolding contractor and designer.

Adelaide and Brisbane Scaffolders & Scaffolding

We work with many building and construction companies in Adelaide and Brisbane for their building projects. We deliver, install, erect and dismantle scaffolding in Adelaide and Brisbane.

If you’re in Adelaide or Brisbane wanting a scaffolding or hoarding solution, please contact us for quote and service.

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Why choose us in Adelaide or Brisbane?

Hillsley Scaffolding aims to create and foster strong relationship with our clients in Adelaide and Brisbane. We endeavor to supply the very best scaffolding service in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Professional and Responsible

Hillsley scaffolding aspires to work in a safe, scheduled and efficient manner which enables all our clients to be confident that all our scaffolding and contracting tasks will be thoroughly planned and achieved on time. We deliver and erect scaffolding for you in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Projects Completed On Time

We work to deadlines so that you can. Once we have your booking, the time and date specified is linked-in. We arrive and erect scaffolding with speed and experience to ensure you can start your Adelaide or Brisbane project as planned.

Always Available

Construction and Shut-Downs happen 7 days a week. If you need scaffolding in Adelaide or Brisbane urgently before Monday, then we can help at short notice. Even emergency scaffolding for safety and barriers we can facilitate.

About us

Hillsley Scaffolding is an Adelaide based scaffolding company with offices in Dry Creek Adelaide, Moonta on the Yorke Peninsula and Brisbane and Noosa in Queensland. The business has been in operation since 2000.

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