There are three basic different types of scaffolding: supported scaffolds, suspension scaffolds and manlifts or personnel hoists. Supported scaffolds are one or more platforms held up by items like poles and frames. Suspended scaffolds are platforms held by rope or some other overhead support.
Scaffolds are temporary platforms used by erectors or dismantlers to perform work, typically on buildings. Scaffolds are supposed to be equipped with guardrails to ensure compliance with safety standards. Scaffold accidents occur when individuals fall from the elevated platform, or the scaffolding is overloaded and the device collapses. Supported scaffolding is the most common type used, and is typical in the construction business.