Health and Safety in Temporary Works

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Temporary Works Training

This course is intended for people who have to act as temporary works co-ordinator or who oversee temporary works on site. It is also of value to client’s representatives, Resident Engineers etc and to health and safety professionals working in the construction industry.


The aim of the course is to provide information on effective methods of securing the health and safety of those involved the use of temporary works from concept to striking.

Introduction and Setting Course Objectives

Accident in Temporary Works

Review of typical accident arising out of temporary works. In particular, falls from height and crushing injuries from collapse of excavations.

Legal Liabilities

Implications of the requirements of the General Duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act, The Management of Health and Safety at Work 1999 and the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996. The effect of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations on the design and use of temporary works.

Temporary Works Procedures

What is a temporary works procedure and why is it deemed necessary? The range of temporary works which should be subject to the procedure. The duties of the Temporary Works Designer, Temporary Works Co-ordinator and the Temporary Works supervisor

Falsework Erection

Consideration of falsework systems. Provision for the safety of persons erecting falsework. Use of walkways, safety harnesses, safety nets.
Providing for edge protection.

Inspection of Falsework

Inspection of falsework including bases, braces, lacing, positioning of forkeads etc. Provisions for safe access and working places for inspection
prior to and during the pour.

General Health and Safety in Concreting Operations

Special problems, including entering shutters for cleaning and inspection, supporting wall pour shutters. Protection of the falsework from impact by
site or private vehicles. Problems of noise, hand/arm vibration and skin complaints.

Day 2

Provision of Information

Information to be collected when planning excavation work. Site Investigation overhead and underground cables, other services, contaminated
ground, existing structures, access requirements.

Methods of Excavation Support

Standard to be applied to batters and benches. Safe installation of traditional excavation supports.

CIRIA Report 97, Trenching Practice.

Use of the CIRIA report to conduct worked examples of excavation support specification and associated method statements.

System Supports

A review of some of the major support systems available.

General Safety in Excavations.

Guardrails, access and egress, inspections of excavations, dangerous atmospheres, tipping of loads from vehicles etc.

Course Review and Conclusion


Upon completion of the course, delegates should be able to:-

• Understand the personnel involved in a temporary works procedure and their functions;
• Appreciate the legal liabilities surrounding the duty holders;
• Recognise technical standards to which temporary works should be installed
• Know the peripheral safety and health issues surrounding the use of temporary works
• Conduct the role of temporary works co-ordinator in respect of falsework and excavation support.

Course duration: 2 Days

Cost: £545 + VAT

Temporary Works Training Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

Temporary Works Training in Ghana, Nigeria and Qatar is also available.

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