Enter the dead load capacity (kg/m^2) and the live load capacity (kg/m^2) into the Scaffolding Load Capacity Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Scaffolding Load Capacity. 

Scaffolding Load Capacity Formula

The following two example problems outline the steps and information needed to calculate the Scaffolding Load Capacity.

SWL = DL + 4*LL


  • SWL is the Scaffolding Load Capacity (kg/m^2)
  • DL is the dead load capacity (kg/m^2) 
  • LL is the live load capacity (kg/m^2) 

How to Calculate Scaffolding Load Capacity?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Scaffolding Load Capacity.

  1. First, determine the dead load capacity (kg/m^2). 
  2. Next, determine the live load capacity (kg/m^2). 
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = SWL = DL + 4*LL.
  4. Finally, calculate the Scaffolding Load Capacity.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

dead load capacity (kg/m^2) = 300

live load capacity (kg/m^2) = 500

SWL = DL + 4*LL = ?