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Scaffolding is a temporary structure typically installed in order to provide access to elevated spaces. Depending upon your region different materials may be used however the general material is steel tubes, clamps and boards. Scaffolding is typically modular in nature and installed by specialized companies.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
scaffold (noun)
a) a temporary or movable platform for workers (as bricklayers, painters, or miners) to stand or sit on when working at a height above the floor or ground
b) a platform on which a criminal is executed (as by hanging or beheading)
c) a platform at a height above ground or floor level
a supporting framework