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    WorkSafe Victoria (February 2018)

    WorkSafe Victoria has published a document that provides employers, the self-employed and employees with information about its construction safety focus on formwork Read More »

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    Federation of Piling Specialists (February 2018)

    Many dangerous occurrences relate to ‘working platforms’ and each ‘near-miss’ is a potential fatality. Working platforms must be designed, properly constructed, regularly inspected and maintained for the plant that will use them. Read More »

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    British Constructional Steelwork Association (January 2018)

    Whilst concerns for health and safety are as important in the fabrication works and steel mill as they are on site, it is at the erection stage where the most visible aspects of unsafe practice might become apparent. It is also on site that design decisions and restrictions from other contractors can affect the steelwork contractor’s ability to perform safely. Read More »

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    Hong Kong Temporary Works Forum (November 2017)

    In 2017, the Hong Kong Temporary Works Forum was separately stablished. It pulls together enthusiastic managers and engineers together to address temporary works issues locally, taking full cognizance of challenges facing the local industry and workforce. Read More »

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    Viewpoint on temporary works (November 2017)

    If you have any concerns about how BS 5975 affects your business, small or large, then please take the time to download Peter Pallett's short viewpoint article. 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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    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 »