The definition of temporary works (TW) is broader than you think! According to the CITB they are an ‘engineered solution that enables the construction of permanent works.’

It’s not just working platforms and earthworks. It can also include….

– Site establishment e.g. hoardings, site fencing, signage & walkways
– Demolition works
– Equipment/plant foundations
– Mechanical equipment e.g. heating & ventilation
– Dewatering e.g. removal of groundwater/surface water from a site

Even though temporary works may only be in place for a limited amount of time, they must be considered as importantly as the permeant works. Poor design or a lack of procedures could cause them to fail which could lead to injury or delays to the project.

An effective way of managing TW is by the appointment of a Temporary Works Coordinator. Although this is not a legal requirement, BS5975 and the HSE recommend the appointment of a TWC to help ensure work does not put employees or members of the public at risk. The TWC is the point of contact for receiving and providing relevant information and is responsible for implementing the contractor’s procedure. They would also work closely with the Temporary Works Supervisor who will assist the TWC with supervising and checking the works.  The TWC must be competent and have sufficient experience, training and knowledge in order to carry out their role effectively.

Prime now deliver remote training for those appointed as Temporary Work Coordinator or Supervisor via Zoom. For more information, or to find out about our upcoming course dates and prices please contact us direct.