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    TWf Meeting Schedule

    Details of future meetings may be found here. Meeting locations will be confirmed nearer the time. All meetings begin at 14.00hrs, preceded by sandwiches at 13.00hrs. Registrants may attend, subject to space. Contact the TWf Administrator at: admin@twforum.org.uk Read More »

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    Structural stability of buildings during refurbishment (October 2017)

    The refurbishment of existing buildings constitutes a large proportion of the building work being carried out in the UK. Much of the work is carried out by smaller developers and contractors and even by self-builders. Issues of structural stability often occur, occasionally resulting in collapses. Often, structural engineers have not been appointed, to save cost, or their advice overlooked; but in many cases the dangers of structural stability during refurbishment are simply not appreciated. Read More »

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    Principles for the management of temporary loads, temporary conditions and temporary works during the construction process (September 2017)

    ‘Temporary works’ is a widely used expression in the construction industry for an engineered solution which is used during the construction process to provide support, restraint or access. It tends to exclude machinery and plant when used in standard configurations, but does include bespoke equipment, support to plant and modifications to plant that are specific to the project. The UK has been well-served by the principles established by the recommendations set out in the Bragg Report (although not all have been implemented). Also, BS 5975 gives good complementary recommendations and contains further advice; it is set in a UK context and continues to evolve. Read More »

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    BS 5975: 2018 Draft for Public Consultation (September 2017)

    The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a draft for public consultation (DPC) of BS 5795:2018, Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework. When finalised, and published subsequently, it will supersede BS 5975:2008+A1:2011. The DPC is a revision of Sections 1 and 2 only of the existing standard. Section 3, on the permissible stress design of falsework, remains unchanged. Read More »

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    Training in temporary works

    The Temporary Works forum (TWf) is not a training provider. However, TWf and TWf Members were amongst those who helped in developing industry-recognised training courses, as part of the Site Safety Plus Scheme (and these are ‘endorsed’ by TWf). Read More »

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    Temporary Works in Construction Research Symposium - 5th September 2017 (August 2017)

    You are invited to attend the inaugural temporary works in construction research symposium Read More »

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    Tower crane safety (June 2017)

    Tower cranes are a vital element in the construction process. Any crane collapse is likely to result in injury to members of the public outside the boundaries of the site as well as personnel working inside the site. Collapse of tower cranes also presents a risk to adjacent railways and roads. Read More »

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    Rebar collapse: The risks and consequences (26.5.17)

    Two companies have been fined a total of £700,000 and a director has received a suspended prison sentence following the fatal crushing of four workers at an excavation site in Norfolk. The Court at the Old Bailey heard that on 21 January 2011 the men were constructing a large steel structure as part of the foundation for a large Pressure Test Facility (PTF) at Claxton Engineering Services in Great Yarmouth. Read More »

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    Network Rail Safety Central (May 2017)

    How Safety and Business performance can go hand in hand Read More »

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    BCI Awards 2017 (May 2017)

    These awards recognise best practice in project delivery with each category focusing on a specific industry change initiative. Read More »