SCAFFOLDING BEST PRACTICE #35 – Node Points
The scaffold “node point” is where the ledgers and transoms connect to the vertical posts. It is a fundamental principle of supported scaffolding that all stabilizing components (vertical bracing, horizontal bracing, ties, etc.) are also connected as close as possible to the scaffold node points. This ensures that 1) the forces are delivered properly throughout the scaffold, 2) bending is minimized, and 3) that component strength capacities are maintained. Know your nodes!