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TWf Information Sheet No. 8 - Copycat product 

10-01-2020 17:04

The Temporary Works Forum (TWf) has issued TWf Information Sheet No. 8, Concerns over substandard or unverifiable material, component and equipment substitutions in temporary works (Ref: TW19.057). 

Members have reported a number of concerns, particularly in relation to proprietary scaffolding, hoists, anchors, bolts, threaded bars, re-use of steel sections and the mixing of temporary works equipment (TWE) from different suppliers.  Safety-critical items that could lead to catastrophic collapse often include simple fixings/components. 

Risks include:

  • serious injury and/or fatalities;
  • the collapse of temporary works equipment or the structures they support;
  • invalid guarantees and insurance;
  • damaged reputation.

General advice is given, aimed at:

  • the temporary works designer (TWD);
  • those responsible for procurement in principal contractors (PC) and sub-contractors;
  • TWE suppliers and manufacturers;
  • on-site pre-use checks.

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