OMS Launches Temporary Works Co-ordinator Course through CITB

OMS is delighted to announce the launch of our latest training courses for Temporary Works Co-ordinator training course.

Launched in November 2014, the Temporary Works Co-ordinator Course, accredited by CITB Cskills Awards, is proving extremely popular as course places are being quickly filled for the TWCTC Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course, TWSTC Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course and TWGATC Temporary Works General Awareness Training Course.

Temporary Works courses can cover 1 or 2 days, and are designed to assist those on site who have responsibility for managing all forms of temporary works. Our courses are designed to give confidence to senior management and those who engage with contractors, to reach an assessed standard of knowledge. The course has the support of a number of organisations: Temporary Works Forum, CECA, UKCG, HSE and FMB. The support of these organisations offers transferability of the course throughout the industry.

The TWGATC course is designed to provide training for those involved in the temporary works process but who are not undertaking the role of Temporary Works Co-ordinator or Supervisor as defined in BS5975. The course assumes limited or no detailed previous knowledge of temporary works

Temporary Works – Your Questions Answered

Permanent Works

Permanent works are the parts of a construction project that will be used and remain in position for a long time - eg 60 years.  This includes buildings and structures such as bridges, roads, retaining walls, etc.  The construction of most types of permanent works will require the use of some form of temporary works

Temporary Works

Temporary works (TW) are the parts of a construction project that are needed to enable the permanent works to be built.  Usually the TW are removed after use - eg access scaffolds, props, shoring, excavation support, falsework and formwork, etc.  Sometimes the TW is incorporated into the permanent works - eg haul road foundations and crane or piling platforms may be used for hardstanding or road foundations.

How are Temporary Works different to Permanent Works?

It is very important that the same degree of care and attention is given to the design and construction of temporary works (TW) as to the design and construction of the permanent works.  As TW may be in place for only a short while there is a tendency to assume they are less important.  This is incorrect.  Lack of care with design, selection, assembly, etc leaves TW liable to fail or collapse.  This places people at risk of injury and can cause the project to be delayed.

Can I organise the Temporary Works myself?

The person organising the temporary works needs to be aware of the problems that can occur at each stage of the process and how to prevent these.  They need to coordinate design, selection of equipment, appointment of contractors, supervision of work, checking completion, authorisation to load and removal.  Unless this is done in a thorough and systematic way problems are likely to occur.  If you take this on yourself you must ensure each part of the process is correctly carried out.

Do I have to appoint a  ‘Temporary Works’ myself?

British Standard 5975 sets out one way of managing temporary works (TW) that has been found to work well on medium and large projects and uses the job title Temporary Works Coordinator (TWC).  There is no legal requirement to use this job title or the BS recommended process, but you should remember that BS5975 provides an industry consensus view on what is considered to be good practice.  The legal requirement is that the party in control must ensure that work is allocated and carried out in a manner that does not create unacceptable risk of harm to workers or members of the public.  On projects with relatively simple TW needs, you may choose not to appoint a TWC. However, you must still make sure that TW are properly managed to ensure safety.

Do I need calculations for every  ‘Temporary Works’ situation?

Where the situation is small scale and straightforward there may be a “standard solution” provided for the temporary works (TW).  These include, for example, use of a tower or system scaffold for access; design of a basic access scaffold to a standard configuration using existing data from tables; selection of a trench box to support a 2m excavation in firm, dry ground.  In each of these cases the person organising the TW will need to assess the ground to be sure it is suitable for the equipment involved, and check that any assumptions made in the calculations for the standard solution are valid for this particular situation and the conditions on site.  On a simple job the supplier’s data will allow an experienced person to consider the necessary issues without further calculation.

Propping using standard equipment such as screw props (‘Acrows’) needs careful consideration.  To select the type, size, number and decide spacing, information is needed about the loads that will act on the props.  This will include the wall above and the additional load from any other floor or roof beams etc that enter the wall above or close to the opening.  Even with proprietary equipment, the support system must be worked out by a person who knows the correct methods of assessing the loads and designing the support arrangement.  Failure of TW is often found to result from the loadings being underestimated; and in particular where loadings from the sides are not considered.

Can all structural engineers design  ‘Temporary Works’?

No.  Temporary works (TW) can be very sensitive to how they are used and are easily affected by other work taking place nearby.  For these reasons the TW designer needs TW training and experience.

If I get a structural engineer to design the  ‘Temporary Works’ will they be the project Temporary Works Co-ordinator?

No.  Coordinating the temporary works (TW) is not automatically the responsibility of the engineer carrying out the design work.  Coordination is a much wider role that includes planning where and when TW will be needed and ensuring that they are correctly installed, used, checked and maintained.  Some design engineers may be happy to be additionally contracted to act as project Temporary Works Coordinator.

Delegate Feedback

I would just like to say a big thank you to you and your team for the TWC course last week. Tim was an excellent instructor who made it very easy for me to follow along with him and understand the key points. He was definitely an expert and knew his stuff

The facilities where top notch and clean, which made for a very comfortable experience during the training. I will be returning for more courses and will be recommending OMS to my contacts.”

 “The course was very interactive and the tutor took time to discuss scenarios brought up by the candidates, a worthwhile couple of days

 “The process of booking onto the course was very simple and helped by the OMS staff.  The tutor ‘knew his stuff’ and was very easy to follow and he had the skills to pause the training as needed to ensure we all caught up”

 “A thorough explanation of the importance of understanding what temporary works actually are and how to effectively manage them”

“These courses have been received well by temporary works co-ordinators and supervisors, in giving them a better understanding of their role, duties and responsibilities, during the planning, design and installation of Temporary Works within the construction process." Tim Prescott, Trainer