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FALSEWORK COLLAPSE DURING CONCRETE POUR

Risk of falsework collapse should not be forgotten

The danger from a collapse of falsework is highlighted by a recent US incident in which three workmen were injured during the concrete pour on a Louisville new stadium project. A number of other pictures are available.

Meanwhile, a construction worker has died on a high-rise development in Ajman, UAE. The workman was reportedly involved in pouring concrete with others on the 11th floor of the building when he “fell”. A picture of the scene suggest this too may have involved a falsework collapse.

Comment: The 1970’s saw a series of significant falsework collapses in GB although there have been no major failures causing multiple deaths in recent years. HSE has published guidance on the Erection, use and dismantling of falsework and these incidents are a timely reminder to all those involved in falsework design, installation and monitoring. Falsework collapses are low probability events but when they do occur the consequences can be catastrophic. It is wise to regularly review management arrangements and working practices for such high risk activities as control measures can become eroded and less effective over time.

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