• Total Access Total Access Ethentic Ethentic
    Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data

    HSE RAISE THE PROFILE ON SAFETY OF TEMPORARY WORKS

    New guidance to HSE Inspectors on temporary works management published

    A number of recent construction sector fatalities and incidents have related to ‘temporary works’.

    HSE Construction Division has now raised the priority it gives to temporary works management in order to highlight and better control the risks associated with temporary works on construction sites.

    The aim is to:

    • Awareness – promote awareness and knowledge of the importance of managing temporary works;
    • Arrangements – improve contractors’ management arrangements of temporary works; and 
    • Competence – increase the competence of those engaged in temporary works management and design.
    Inspectors expect to see ‘appropriate’ arrangements

    The published HSE Guidance for Inspectors The management of temporary works in the construction industry SIM 02/2010/04 requires a focus on ensuring that “appropriate temporary works management arrangements and procedures have been adopted commensurate with the scale and complexity of the project and the construction risks involved”.

    It is expected that medium to large projects, and those with complex and/or high risk temporary works, will have formal management procedures in place specifically following the recommendations in BS5975.

    For smaller contractors and smaller simpler, projects, HSE will be looking for the principles of BS5975 to be in place. The extent to which procedures should be formalised will depend on the degree of risk rather than size of project.

    HSE wants to see good management of temporary works. BS5975 is an established standard representing good practice, but it also provides a useful yardstick for checking that essential elements of a management system are in place.

    Definition of ‘Temporary Works’

    “Temporary works” is a widely used expression in the construction industry for an “engineered solution” used to support or protect 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, or to provide access. The construction of most types of permanent works will require the use of some form of temporary works.

    Temporary works is defined in BS5975: 2008 Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework as “(those) parts of the works that allow or enable construction of, protect, support or provide access to, the permanent works and which might or might not remain in place at the completion of the works”.

    Examples of temporary works include, but are not limited to:

    1. Earthworks – trenches, excavations, temporary slopes and stockpiles.
    2. Structures – formwork, falsework, propping, façade retention, needling, shoring, edge protection, scaffolding, temporary bridges, site hoarding and signage, site fencing, cofferdams.
    3. Equipment/plant foundations – tower crane bases, supports, anchors and ties for construction hoists and mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs), groundworks to provide suitable locations for plant erection, e.g. mobile cranes and piling rigs.
    Comment

    Further advice and support may be found through the Temporary Works Forum (TWf). Forum sponsers include a number of major UK contactors.

    The TWf aims to encourage open discussion of any matter related to Temporary Works. The group is open to anyone, individual or corporate working within the industry and sharing this intent.

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 13th JUNE 2018

    hselogo1Prosecutions and enforcement notices register latest version

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th June 2018

    DIRECTOR FAILED COMPLY WITH HSE PROHIBITION

    Precautions not taken to prevent excavation collapse and falling

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th June 2018

    SCAFFOLD NOT TO INDUSTRY STANDARD OR DESIGN

    Specialist and contractor in court over unsafe work at height

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th June 2018

    ROAD WORKER RUN OVER BY ROAD ROLLER

    Reversing alarm not working and warning light not fitted

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th June 2018

    CLIENT AND SURVEYOR FINED OVER ASBESTOS SURVEY

    Refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey proved inadequate

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th June 2018

    FATALITY: ROAD WORKER DRAGGED ALONG ROAD

    Night shift worker loses life when struck by road sweeping vehicle

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd June 2018

    CDM PRINCIPAL DESIGNERS AVOID HSE ENFORCEMENT

    Regulator enforcement database reveals few notices involve CDM PDs

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 3rd June 2018

    PROPERTY MANAGERS FINED WITH CONTRACTOR

    Defendants failed to check for asbestos during soffit replacement works

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 29th May 2018

    EXCAVATION CAUSED RETAINING WALL COLLAPSE

    Precautions not taken to secure stability of free-standing wall

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 29th May 2018

    OVERHEAD CABLE STRIKE FIRM FINED £500,000+

    Inadequate system caused risk of harm despite lack of worker injury

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 29th May 2018

    CDM 2015 PRINCIPAL DESIGNER FINED OVER FIRE RISK

    PD and PC failed to comply with CDM 2015 responsibilities

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd May 2018

    SENTENCING GUIDELINES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

    Lawyer argues guidelines undermine reduction in ‘regulatory burden’

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd May 2018

    PANEL STRUCK WORKMAN DURING LIFTING OPERATION

    Third party contractor falls victim of poor lift planning

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    DIRECTOR LED HAZARDOUS WORK AT HEIGHT

    Three occasions when work lacked suitable and sufficient precautions

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    RISK ASSESSED BUT CONTROLS FOUND WANTING

    Joiner fell through unprotected opening on roof of new building

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    RIBA CRITICAL OF HACKITT REVIEW FINAL REPORT

    High rise residential review dismissed as “major missed opportunity”

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 21st May 2018

    CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DEATHS: THE ‘BIG THREE’

    HSE in-year fatalities for 2017/18 may indicate upward trend

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th May 2018

    SCAFFOLDING SITE ACCIDENTS AT RECORD LOW

    NASC Annual Report reveals all time low in 2017 incidents

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    DUMPER TRUCK HAND-BRAKE NOT MAINTAINED

    Workman injured when pinned against stack of concrete blocks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 14th May 2018

    SPARE POWER INTERLOCK KEY CAUSED DEATH

    Dangerous machinery safety precautions defeated for maintenance tasks

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 10th May 2018

    COLLAPSED CAR PARK WAS UNDER REPAIR

    Rusted steel supports triggered collapse of fascia and floor

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    DUMPER OVERTURN CAUSED FATAL INJURIES

    Precautions during spoil heap creation were inadequate

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    HARDWOOD DUST CONTROL NOT MAINTAINED

    Manufacturer failed to examine and test local extraction system

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    SCAFFOLD CONTRACTOR OVERLOOKED MAJOR HAZARD

    Well-known risk unidentified during scaffold erection project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 8th May 2018

    THREE FIRMS FINED £1/2M FOR FRAGILE RISK FAILURES

    Fall through rooflight hazard poorly planned and managed

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 2nd May 2018
    Total Access Total Access Ethentic Ethentic
    Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • 9 Responses to “HSE RAISE THE PROFILE ON SAFETY OF TEMPORARY WORKS”

    1. HSE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR PRIORITIES 2011 AND BEYOND | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] Works – promoting awareness and knowledge of the importance of managing temporary works effectively and ensure that adequate management arrangements are in […]

    2. TEMPORARY WORKS NOT PROPERLY DESIGNED FOR SAFETY | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] HSE Inspector Viv Neaverson said: “This prosecution arises as a result of Bridgford’s failing in their duty as the company responsible for the temporary works. […]

    3. MAJOR CONTRACTOR PROSECUTED OVER TEMPORARY WORKS COLLAPSE | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] that concrete was being pumped onto the third floor of the building on 19 September 2007 when the temporary works suddenly collapsed. Injuries to the workers on site included cement burns to their skin and […]

    4. CONCRETE UNIT COLLAPSE SPARKED BY DESIGN COMMS FAILURE | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] HSE advises that British Standard, (BS 5975:2008 – Code of Practice for Temporary Works Procedures and the Permissible Stress Design of Falsework) published since the incident, clarifies how the temporary works should be managed on such a project and focuses on the competence of all parties. […]

    5. MAJOR CONTRACTOR FAILED ON TEMPORARY WORKS SAFETY | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] Speaking after the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Andrew Kingscott said: “The two workers were fortunate not to have been seriously injured in this incident, which was entirely preventable had Balfour Beatty followed the proper temporary works procedure. […]

    6. SAFETY EVENT TRIGGERED BY SITE DEATHS AND INJURY | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] either a morning or afternoon session covering asbestos, working at height, respiratory risks and temporary works. For further information call: 0151 951 4012 or contact […]

    7. HSE PRIORITIES FOR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR 2013-14 | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] Works – managing temporary works through adequate management […]

    8. FREE WWT TRAINING EVENT ON TW AND BEHAVIOUR | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] Temporary Works […]

    9. TEMPORARY WORKS COORDINATOR TRAINING | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] Following a number of construction sector deaths and incidents related to ‘temporary works’ HSE has raised the priority it gives to temporary works management. […]