Temporary works is an expression that’s used in the construction industry for an engineered solution used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanents works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. Temporary works, just like other construction activities, will bring with them risks to the health and safety of workers on site and are subject to the BS 5975:2008+A1:2011 Code of Practice which provides practical guidelines on design, specification, construction, use of and dismantling of false work.
Whilst the Temporary Works should be planned and managed by a Temporary Works Co-ordinator (TWC), legislation requires that the TWC must ensure that all work is allocated and carried out in a manner that does not create unacceptable risk of harm to workers or members of the public. When it comes to other employees who are working on or near the Temporary Works, one of the best methods of ensuring safety is to arrange for those employees to attend a course on Temporary Works Awareness.
When planning training for the workforce, there are numerous benefits for construction company owners besides the most obvious one – highly trained and skilled workers. Employees who are offered the opportunity to attend training courses will feel more invested in their employer’s company and are less likely to seek work elsewhere. A fully trained workforce is a happier, more productive workforce with a strong morale and a sense of loyalty to their company and their colleagues. These are particularly important issues when it comes to overall site safety during construction operations.
CIF learning & Development have a one day Temporary Works General Awareness Programme that aims to raise awareness and provide candidates with knowledge of what constitutes Temporary Works, how they are used, and their importance to overall site safety, along with some common issues that should be considered, and the overall Temporary Works management process. The examples and case studies used in the course will include the following elements:
- Mobile crane foundations
- Trenching and excavations
- Piling mats
Delivering the course in the space of one day means that staff can be trained and gain an enhanced awareness of the issues involved with Temporary Works without any disruption or delay to their employer’s overall business operations. This means that as a construction company owner and as an employer, your construction operations are likely to be smoother in future and your business will enjoy a boost that will set you head and shoulders above your competitors.
Those attending will also gain a broad knowledge of the roles and responsibilities involved in the Temporary Works process which will serve to raise standards and improve knowledge in ways which can be applied across the industry in future. There will be a short examination at the end of the course and successful participants will achieve a CIF CPD (Continuing Personal Development) certificate that is valid for three years.