The Perplexing World of Temporary Works: How to Stay Safe and Succeed

Temporary works and scaffolding safety

How To Stay Safe In Temporary Works

Temporary works are an essential part of construction projects, providing support and stability during the building process. From scaffolding and formwork to shoring and falsework, these temporary structures play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and success of a project. However, with their complexity and constantly changing nature, temporary works can also be a source of confusion and danger. As a result, workers and project managers must understand how to stay safe and complete temporary works effectively. In this blog post, we will delve deep into the world of temporary works and provide practical advice on how to navigate it successfully.


Understanding Temporary Works

Before we dive into safety measures, it is essential to understand what temporary works are and their purpose. Temporary works are structures that are erected to support the construction process, such as providing access, support, or protection. They can range from simple structures like ladders to more complex ones like tower cranes. These structures are designed to be temporary and are removed once their purpose is fulfilled. It is crucial to have a thorough understanding of temporary works before undertaking any construction project to ensure their safe and effective use.

Identifying Potential Hazards

As with any construction project, temporary works also pose potential hazards that must be identified and mitigated. These hazards can include structural instability, inadequate design, poor installation, and lack of maintenance. It is crucial to conduct a thorough risk assessment before starting any temporary works to identify potential hazards and implement appropriate safety measures. This assessment should be reviewed regularly as the project progresses to ensure the safety of workers and the public.

Ensuring Proper Design and Installation

One of the most critical aspects of temporary works safety is proper design and installation. Temporary works must be designed and installed by competent and trained professionals. This includes engineers, supervisors, and workers who have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out the work safely. It is also essential to follow manufacturer’s instructions and industry standards when designing and installing temporary works. Regular inspections and maintenance should also be conducted to ensure the structural integrity of temporary works.

Training and Communication

Effective communication and proper training are vital in ensuring the safety of temporary works. All workers involved in temporary works must receive adequate training on how to use the structures safely and understand the potential hazards. This training should cover topics such as proper installation, inspection, and dismantling procedures. Clear communication between workers, supervisors, and engineers is also crucial to prevent accidents and ensure the smooth operation of temporary works. At Lighthouse we offer CITB assured Temporary Works Supervisor Training and Temporary Works Co-ordinator training.

The Temporary Works Coordinator course is aimed at those who have been nominated by their company to act as TWC. These individuals will often have engineering qualifications or site experience of temporary works, or both. The course is also relevant to those who have been nominated to act as Temporary Works Supervisors and who may, in due course, act as Temporary Works Coordinators.
The course contents are based on the recommendations of the Temporary Works forum and include an exploration of relevant legislation and best practice as outlined by BS5975:2019; consideration of the nature of temporary works and associated risks; analysis of failures; and the use of a case study to illustrate aspects of the role.

Temporary Works Supervisors (TWSs) can be appointed by subcontractors to manage their temporary works or by main contractors to support the TWC on a large project. The purpose of this course is to outline the role of the Temporary Works Supervisor (TWS) as described by BS5975:2019. It is aimed at those who have site experience of temporary works.
The course covers relevant legislation and best practice as outlined by BS5975:2019, analyses the causes of failures and explores the way in which the role of the TWS supports that of the TWC.

Our sister company, Safety & Access, provide a range of both in-house certified and CISRS scaffolding courses ranging from Scaffold Awareness to Advanced Scaffolder training, which again will aid in knowledge and safety of scaffolding as a temporary work.



Temporary works are an essential part of construction projects, but they can also be a source of confusion and danger. To stay safe and succeed in completing temporary works, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of their purpose, identify potential hazards, ensure proper design and installation, provide training and communication, and utilise technology. By following these guidelines, workers and project managers can navigate the perplexing world of temporary works with confidence and achieve successful project outcomes.

To book on our training courses visit https://www.lighthousesafety.co.uk/training-courses/citb-constructionskills-training-courses/

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April 18, 2024 | Categories: Lighthouse News | construction projects,   design,   hazards,   installation,   risk assessment,   safety,   temporary works,   training,   
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