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

Final, 10.9.17

‘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.

Other countries have followed a similar ‘learning experience’ to the UK, e.g. Germany.  Further, other countries are now looking to draw up guidance, e.g. Hong Kong, Middle East.  New and emerging economies may also seek to do likewise.  By way of sharing ‘lessons learned’ the hypothesis was made that it should be possible to set out a list of fundamental principles for the management of safe temporary works – a “top ten”.

During its development (the "top ten" was exceeded!), the title broadened from temporary works (only) to temporary loads, temporary conditions and temporary works.  An aim was that any principles set out should: (a) apply across different countries, legislatures and enforcement regimes; and (b) avoid “UK-speak” (for example, the DI is called the ‘Responsible Person’ and the TWC is called the ‘Nominated Coordinator’).

Footnotes are provided to give some UK context.  Notes are used to provide further explanation.  If others wish to use the document as the basis of their own local guidance they can; expanding upon the principles set out in order to meet their own needs, legislation, etc.  The document, see link (right), covers the managerial and procedural issues only (and not technical).