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Scaffolding BS1139 standard: Everything you need to know

Scaffolding BS1139 Standard Explained Simply Get a clear understanding of the scaffolding BS1139 standard and its key requirements.

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Scaffolding BS1139 standard is a British standard for scaffolding installation, specifying the specific parameters of the size, thickness, material and load capacity… of the materials used for the scaffolding. This standard also covers a system of pipes tightly linked together by clamps, couplers, putlogs, boards, ladders…
In the following article, we will learn more helpful information about this scaffolding standard: history, applicable organization, essential components of prefabricated scaffolding, and how this standard is applied at VIVABLAST.

All about scaffolding BS1139 standard: History, application and components

There are four main ideas in this article including:

  1. The brief history of Scaffolding BS1139 standard
  2. Cooperating organizations to use this scaffolding BS1139 standard
  3. Scaffolding BS1139 standard: Identification of typical components of a prefabricated scaffold system
  4. Scaffolding service provided by VIVABLAST

The brief history of scaffolding BS1139 standard and BS1139 standard in overall

In 1974, at Denmark’s request, CEN/TC 53 started work on standardizing “Maintenance and working trusses made of prefabricated elements – Materials, Dimensions, Design loads and Safety Requirements.” As a result, twelve draft proposals were studied. At its 19th plenary meeting in March 1984, CEN/TC 53 published a draft amendment in the form of an Instrument of European Concord.In November 1986, CEN/TC 53 decided to propose an amended Harmonization Document and sent it to the Central Secretariat for a final vote. Once there are International Reference Standards for materials and safety factors in place, this Harmonization Document can be considered for adoption as an EN.Scaffolding BS1139 standard vivablast 3-minDuring the draft discussion, it was recognized that the average human height is gradually increasing, so it is necessary to consider versions for vertical resizing. CEN/TC 53 is undertaking work to prepare European Standards for:

  • Methods of testing components and assembled scaffolds
  • Method of assessment and calculation.

Under the General Rules of CEN/CENELEC, these countries will be obliged to implement the Instrument of Harmonization: Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. And this is how the Scaffolding BS1139 standard was established.>> You might want to read more about: Components of ringlock scaffolding and how to installation

18 western cooperating organizations applying this Scaffolding BS1139 standard

The European Committee for Standardization, under whose supervision this Scaffolding BS1139 standard was prepared, consists of the national standards organizations of the following countries:

The United Kingdom (UK) British Standards Institution
Netherlands Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut
Switzerland Association suisse de normalisation
France Association française de normalisation
Germany Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
Spain Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación
Italy Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione
Sweden Standardiseringskommissionen i Sverige
Luxemburg Inspection du Travail et des Mines
Portugal Instituto Portuguès da Qualidade
Iceland Technological Institute of Iceland
Ireland National Standards Authority of Ireland
Norway Norges Standardiseringsforbund
Finland Suomen Standardisoimisliitto, r.y.
Greece Hellenic Organization for Standardization
Belgium Institut belge de normalisation
Austria Österreichisches Normungsinstitut
Denmark Dansk Standardiseringsraad

Scaffolding BS1139 standard: Typical components of a pre-fabricated scaffold system

To create a scaffolding system that meets the scaffolding BS1139 standard to ensure the safety and quality of the work, the construction contractor must acquire many different conditions.Scaffolding BS1139 standard vivablast 2-minScaffolding BS1139 is a scaffolding system made up of galvanized steel pipes that are tightly connected by accessories such as swing shackles, couplers, clamps, putlogs, boards, ladders,…Detailed specifications are shown in the tables below:1. Tubes

Outer Diameter (including coating) 48.3 mm (± 0.5 mm)
Pipe wall thickness 3.2 mm3.6 mm3.8 mm4.0 mm
Materials SteelHot-dip galvanized steel(corrosion resistance and high durability)
Requirements HardnessTensile strength

2. Scaffolding clamps and couplers:

Elements Essential clampsRotating clampsPipe-connecting clampsSingle clampsClamps of the cheeksClamps of beamsClamps of bipedal planks
Material SteelGalvanized steel(corrosion resistance and high durability)
Requirements HardnessTensile strength
Application Shackles and scaffolding clamps are used to necessarily link 2 sections of steel pipes with diameters from 42 to 49 mm together and insist on beamsScaffolding and tubes are used to ensure rigidity and stability.

3. Scaffolding boards:

Width 310 mm – 360 mm
Length 1000 mm1500 mm2000 mm3000 mm
Material thickness 1.2 mm1.5 mm
Materials Ton zincHot-dip galvanized steel(corrosion resistance and high durability)
Requirements HardnessTensile strengthWithstand large loads (according to the design)Flat surface with non-slip holesSafety keychain (optional)
Application Used to create a workspace for the construction operator

About the Scaffolding BS1139 standard services provided by VIVABLAST

VIVABLAST is one of the few contractors in Vietnam who can install scaffolding in accordance with European standards BS1139. Currently, we are providing two types of services according to scaffolding BS1139 standard, including:

  1. Scaffolding installation services for projects with various sizes and properties strictly apply the parameters specified by the BS1139 standard.
  2. Complete set of services: From scaffolding installation to the construction of many different work items such as repair, coating, …

At VIVABLAST, we have a team of scaffolding technicians who are well-trained in erecting, adjusting, dismantling the system, connecting scaffolding…, ensuring that the scaffolding system is installed correctly and quickly, ensuring sustainability and safety for construction. We have a large quantity of ISO 9001 standard scaffolding available, ready to serve all types of large and small projects and all types of building structures.Scaffolding BS1139 standard vivablast 1-min>>> Read more: Scaffolding BS1139 standard services at VIVABLASTWith nearly three decades of experience, we are proud to be one of the leading units in providing scaffolding solutions according to BS1139 standards in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Our solution is highly appreciated for its guaranteed quality, fast construction time, and optimal cost. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us via:

  • Phone: (+ 84-28) 38 965 006/7/8
  • Fax: (+ 84-28) 38 965 004


About Us

VIVABLAST was founded in 1994, as a 100% foreign-owned company with an ambition to become the most preferred and trustful service provider for industrial assets protection in Southeast Asia.

Over the past two decades, Southeast Asia experienced rapid economic growth with significant investments in industrial facilities, equipment, and infrastructures of Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Marine, Power Generation & Manufacturing sectors.

Hence, VIVABLAST has succeeded as a reliable subcontractor for many International & Domestic companies by delivering our professional services to such prestigious companies as PIRIOU, JGCS, Technip, KNOC, Metacor, PTSC groups, Vietsovpetro, etc. with great passion.

Our innovative system of mobile blasting & painting workshops can be mobilized anywhere in Southeast Asia for all major projects and infrastructure sites, which has performed very well during Vietnam’s first refinery project – Dung Quat followed by Vung Ang 1.2 Power Plant project and the biggest Oil & Gas complex in Vietnam – Nghi Son Refinery.

In 2014, VIVABLAST landed in the soils of Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia to capture the growing demands of customers at any time and anywhere.

Over 28 years of steady deliberate growth, we feel confident and proud of our team and their capacities to play a vital role in the multi-disciplinary industrial services provider.

Why Choose Us?

Expertise of industrial assets preserving since 1994


VIVABLAST is a company that offers surface preparation and industrial painting solutions for various industries such as oil and gas, marine, construction, and mining. Some of the solutions they offer include abrasive blasting, hydro blasting, tank cleaning, industrial coating, and passive fire protection.

Board of Management

Mr Jacques Vivarès – Chairman
Mr Boris Vivarès – VIVABLAST Group General Director – Commercial & Business Development
Mr Shanthamani Muthukumar – VIVABLAST Vietnam General Manager

VIVABLAST is a global provider of industrial asset protection solutions in Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and surrounding countries. VIVABLAST is a 100% foreign-owned Company accredited ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 45001:2018 by Bureau Veritas with offices and setup over South-East Asia. Since 1994, we have been servicing industry leaders in major projects from construction phase to maintenance programs. Our vertical expertise includes all industry sectors, particularly: oil & gas, power & utilities, shipbuilding, mining and manufacturing. We design and deliver professional services to preserve our Clients’ assets sustainably, through efficient and reliable specialty services and integrated solutions.

VIVABLAST is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. The company aims to reduce its environmental impact through various initiatives, such as implementing environmentally friendly technologies and reducing waste. Additionally, VIVABLAST has programs in place to support its employees, their families, and the communities in which they operate. The company also supports various charitable organizations and encourages its employees to participate in community service activities.