Why Foundations Matter When Erecting Scaffolding

Reliable scaffolding systems provide a safe and stable platform for workers to perform their tasks in any construction or renovation project. Scaffolding systems are versitile and can be erected in a variety of locations and surfaces, including verandas, suspended flooring, parapets, awnings, and more. The foundation of the scaffolding is key to ensuring its stability and safety, regardless of the location or surface it is being erected on.

This article explores why foundations are critical when erecting scaffolding and how they impact the overall success of the project. In order to make the most use of these versatile systems.

The Hang on System

Many people assume that scaffolding can only be erected on solid ground and fail to consider the versatility of scaffolding systems. Soleboards and baseplates can be of great help to evenly distribute the scaffold load to the supporting surface when intending to use the structure on unstable surfaces such as soil, gravel, or fill.

Ground Conditions

There are two primary ground conditions that can impact the stability of scaffolding: soil subsidence caused by water and nearby excavations, and soft ground disguised by a hard surface crust.

  1. Water and nearby excavations can cause soil subsidence, which can lead to scaffold collapse. To prevent this, any potential watercourse, such as a recently filled trench, must be diverted away from the scaffold
  2. Soft ground can be misleading, as it may appear stable due to a hard surface crust that has formed as the ground has dried. However, beneath the surface, the ground is still soft. This can result in a false perception of the ground’s bearing capacity, leading to scaffold collapse when the load on the scaffold increases and suddenly punches through the surface crust.

Before erection begins, a reputable scaffolding hire company should provide information and advice on its bearing capacity. It is important to be aware of what loadings will be imposed on the ground by the scaffold in order to determine whether or not the ground conditions are stable enough.


When using a scaffold, make sure to follow the specifications of the manufacturer, designer or supplier for the maximum combination of dead, live and environmental loads (e.g., wind, rain) that can reasonably be expected during the period that the scaffold is in use.

Environmental Loads

The location of the construction site affects wind impact on the structure, with less impact in urban or mountainous regions. Wind actions outlines four terrain categories for engineers to consider, including wind speeds for various zones (regions) in Australia.

There are three regions for Queensland:

  1. Region A4 (normal) – most of Queensland excluding coastal areas (includes Toowoomba and Mt Isa).
  2. Region B (intermediate) – Queensland coastal areas south of Bundaberg and a narrow band behind region C (includes Brisbane and all of Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast).
  3. Region C (tropical cyclones) – all coastal areas north of, and including, Bundaberg. Region C has the greatest wind speeds.

Dead Loads

Dead loads refer to the weight of the scaffold structure and its components, including platforms, stairways, ladders, screens, sheeting, brackets, ropes, hoists, and electrical cables. These loads should be calculated in accordance with regulations, as outlined in the Scaffolding Code of Practice.

Live Loads

Live loads on a scaffolding structure refer to the weight of people, materials, tools, and equipment. The live loads applied to a working platform should be in accordance with those specified in Scaffolding Code of practice 2021.

Talk To A Qualified Professional

If you’re starting construction work in Gold Coast, Brisbane, or northern NSW, ensure a safe scaffolding experience by choosing CanDo. Our comprehensive range of scaffolding solutions, including void protection platforms and roof edge protection, cater to both residential and light commercial construction needs.

Our knowledgeable scaffolders offer consultations to help you find the perfect solution for your specific needs and comply with Work Place Health and Safety Regulations.

Call CanDo today at 1300 226 336 to receive a free quote and expert advice on your scaffolding needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

We do not recommend mixing scaffolding from different manufacturers or suppliers. Even though they may look compatible, they often have different dimensions and tolerances. Mixing scaffolding can reduce the structural integrity and lead to a collapse of the scaffold. 

You can erect your own scaffolding structure under 4m. Workcover/Worksafe regulation applies to any structure above this height and must be undertaken by a scaffolder with relevant qualifications

CanDo can take care of all aspects of scaffolding hire and system installation on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern NSW. Call us today on 1300 226 336.

All our Scaffolders are equipped with proper protective equipment (PPE) and have been trained and are up to scratch with safe work practices.

Yes! You need to use an internal ladder with a scaffold to be compliant with WorkCover/WorkSafe practices.

Yes! CanDo’s whole business revolves around hiring out scaffolds.

We provide cost effective scaffolding solutions in Brisbane, Gold Coast & the Northern Rivers. Our experienced team are knowledgable in construction methodology which save our clients time on construction and minimises scaffolding costs.

The cost of scaffolding depends on many factors. These include:

  1. How high the scaffolding needs to be;
  2. The location of the scaffolding;
  3. The type of job the scaffolding will be used for;
  4. The type of scaffolding required;
  5. How long you need to hire the scaffolding for.

The best way to find out the cost of scaffolding hire would be to give us a call on 1300 226 336 or request a quote online.

Many of our scaffolding installations have a component of difficulty that other companies cannot be bothered with. Our goal is to meet the project requirements of our clients by providing a comprehensive service.

CanDo provide a range of scaffolding hire solutions including:

Lightweight Scaffolding

Aluminium stage scaffolding is extremely versatile. It is much faster to erect than steel scaffolding and can be erected on existing and new structures easily. Despite its lightweight nature, the Quick Ally aluminium scaffolding is incredibly durable and efficient, with many combinations available. 

Steel Scaffolding

Steel Scaffolding is hired out for projects needing longer hire periods (exceeding 2 weeks). It involve concrete, blockwork and brickwork in the construction process. This is due to a higher load rating than Lightweight Aluminium Scaffolding.

We typically undertake projects up to 15 metres high to the top working deck.

Mobile Scaffold Towers

When you need to access heights across a large surface, an aluminium mobile scaffold is an excellent option. Our mobile towers provide a safe and stable working platform with a 225kg safe work load and are available as square or rectangular towers.

Edge Protection

We offer a comprehensive range of roof edge protection systems for both residential applications and commercial job sites.

Void Protection Platforms

Our void platforms turn an upper level void into a working & catch platform. This enables tradesmen to work on, around or above the platform safely.

Hang On Platforms

Hang On Working Platforms reduce labour and hire costs by eliminating the need for ground-up scaffolding.

CanDo offers scaffolding hire in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Northern NSW and everywhere in-between.


At CanDo, we take pride in ensuring every scaffold is erected and maintained to the highest standards.

We regularly test all our equipment to ensure its safety and compliance. Every job we do is audited and reported back to our office. 

Yes we do.

Our aluminium mobile towers provide a safe and stable working platform with a 225kg safe work load and are available as square or rectangular towers.

The experienced team at CanDo will assess your work site and recommend the most appropriate mobile scaffolding solution.

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