What are Temporary Works?
According to the Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework, temporary works (TW) are defined in BS 5975:2019 as
‘providing an “engineered solution” that is used to support or protect either an existing structure or the permanent works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation during construction operations on site or to provide access. It is used to control stability, strength, deflection, fatigue, geotechnical effects and hydraulic effects within defined limits.’
A construction project needs temporary works to enable the permanent works to be built. It’s not part of the construction itself but are necessary for workers to access certain areas of the build. Then, it might or might not remain in place at the completion of the works. Temporary Works often include structural support such as scaffold access, shoring for excavations, haul roads and working platforms for plant including cranes, propping for walls and floors, etc.
What is the link between Temporary Works and Health & Safety?
The first purpose of using Temporary Works is safety. Indeed, it helps to ensure that the construction site is safe both for the workers and the public. Temporary Works are classified under different regulations such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 or Working at Height Regulations 2005.
Even if the Temporary Works may be in place for only a short period of time, it is as much important as the permanent construction. Indeed, lack of care with selection, design or assembly may lead to fail or collapse.
Risks involved in Temporary Works are high and the potential consequences of failing may cause important injuries and damages such as hazards, falling from height, getting trapped or stuck, etc.
That is why, having trained temporary workers is an asset and lower the risk of accident on site.
What training can we provide you?
How to book your course?
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