In the USA we have OSHA and building inspectors.  OHSA protects the worker while the building inspector protects the government.  They then report your information to the tax assessors who raise your taxes because we all know the government needs more money.  Enough about the red tape we have to deal with here in the USA.  In Hong Kong they use Bamboo as scaffolding with nylon ties.  This is no joke, look at how they deliver it.

http://youtu.be/1fW89r64vxU

Check out this Scaffolding guide from the Hong Kong building department

16 Impressive examples of bamboo Scaffolding