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Scaffolding BS1139 standard: Everything you need to know

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.

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During 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.

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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
NetherlandsNederlands Normalisatie-instituut
SwitzerlandAssociation suisse de normalisation
FranceAssociation française de normalisation
GermanyDeutsches Institut für Normung e.V.
SpainAsociación Española de Normalización y Certificación
ItalyEnte Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione
SwedenStandardiseringskommissionen i Sverige
LuxemburgInspection du Travail et des Mines
PortugalInstituto Portuguès da Qualidade
IcelandTechnological Institute of Iceland
IrelandNational Standards Authority of Ireland
NorwayNorges Standardiseringsforbund
FinlandSuomen Standardisoimisliitto, r.y.
Greece Hellenic Organization for Standardization
BelgiumInstitut belge de normalisation
AustriaÖsterreichisches Normungsinstitut
DenmarkDansk 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.

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Scaffolding 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 thickness3.2 mm

3.6 mm

3.8 mm

4.0 mm


Hot-dip galvanized steel

(corrosion resistance and high durability)


Tensile strength

2. Scaffolding clamps and couplers:

ElementsEssential clamps

Rotating clamps

Pipe-connecting clamps

Single clamps

Clamps of the cheeks

Clamps of beams

Clamps of bipedal planks


Galvanized steel

(corrosion resistance and high durability)


Tensile strength

ApplicationShackles and scaffolding clamps are used to necessarily link 2 sections of steel pipes with diameters from 42 to 49 mm together and insist on beams

Scaffolding and tubes are used to ensure rigidity and stability.

3. Scaffolding boards:

Width310 mm – 360 mm
Length1000 mm

1500 mm

2000 mm

3000 mm

Material thickness1.2 mm

1.5 mm

MaterialsTon zinc

Hot-dip galvanized steel

(corrosion resistance and high durability)


Tensile strength

Withstand large loads (according to the design)

Flat surface with non-slip holes

Safety keychain (optional)

ApplicationUsed 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.

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With 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

Email: vivablast@vivablast.com

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