MEL Health and Safety Consultants

Temporary Works Design - Above Ground

Course Name Temporary Works Design - Above Ground
Duration 1 day
Max Number of Delegates 16
Course Fee Please call to discuss your requirements

Temporary Works is a particular source of risk on site, both from a safety and commercial point of view. Following a series of collapses in the 1970s, extensive documentation was prepared, including the falsework code BS 5975, to assist designers and users of temporary works.

Nevertheless concern is again being shown by the HSE about the risks of falsework in particular, the top concern being competency of the designer.

Correct design, co-ordination and execution of temporary works is essential to the overall requirement of any project to be completed in accordance with time, budget, and safety, health and environmental constraints.

Temporary Works design is different from design of permanent works in several respects,

  • Importance of understanding site operations and constraints
  • Need to work closely with the contractor
  • Importance of erection methods and co-ordination
  • Formwork and Falsework in particular are generally loaded to their full capacity.

Temporary Works therefore has a code of practice BS5975 that in addition to technical issues also contains a section on procedural control and co-ordination.

This course is one of two courses on temporary works design, focusing on works above ground, and is complemented by a similar course focusing on works below ground.

The course encourages the exchange of experience by means of delegate comments and questions, group discussion, and team exercises. The courses are equally suitable for contractors, consultants and specialist sub-contractors.

The tutor is a highly experienced Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer, with 35 years experience of temporary works with major national contractors and a specialist temporary works consultancy.

The course has been specifically developed for:

  • Design engineers wishing to specialise in temporary works as a general introduction to the basics of the subject
  • Design engineers needing to understand the design of the temporary works for which they may be designing permanent works
  • Temporary Works Co-ordinators, managers, site engineers, estimators and planners with a general knowledge of engineering design wanting a detailed understanding of design of temporary works for which they may be responsible
  • Ability to design temporary works
  • Knowledge of how site conditions affect the design of temporary works
  • Knowledge of the processes involved in temporary works design
  • Knowledge of procedures in temporary works design, including temporary works coordination, in accordance with BS5975

The course starts at 09:00 and fishes at 17:00 with refreshment breaks mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon.

Session 1 Introduction

  • References

Session 2 Procedures

  • BS5975
  • The role of the temporary works coordinator
  • Designer’s duties under the CDM regulations

Session 3 Wall & column formwork

  • Types of formwork in common use
  • Calculation of lateral pressures
  • Ties
  • One-sided formwork
  • Team Exercise

Session 4 Falsework & soffit formwork

  • Types of formwork in common use
  • Adjustable props
  • Aluminium props
  • Profiled metal decks
  • Omnia Planks
  • Team exercise

Session 5 Scaffold design

  • Basic scaffolds, and their limitations
  • Calculations for scaffolds
  • Tying and Bracing
  • Working Platforms
  • Introduction to Special Scaffolds

Session 6 Inspections and surveys

  • Types of Inspections and surveys
  • Purpose of Inspections and surveys
  • Competency required
  • Party walls
  • Typical defects & causes

Session 7 Formation of openings in masonry walls

  • Inspections required
  • Types of wall
  • Needling
  • Pynford stools

Session 8 Conclusion

  • Course review
  • Question & Answer Session
  • Close

    If you would like to receive more information about this course please call a member of our training department on 01708 555544 or click here to contact us via email.

     Many courses can be held at our modern training room facilities for an additional fee of £100 per day.  It is the ideal solution if you are limited for space or do not have the facilities to host the course at your site or premises.  We are located in Rainham (Essex) within a few miles of the M25 with easy access to the Dartford crossing. Call now for details.