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The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) have recently released new guidance on the management of the design of temporary works.

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

It is very important that the same degree of care and attention is given to the design and construction of temporary works as for permanent works. As TW may be in place for a short time, there may be a tendency to assume they are less important; this would be an incorrect assumption. Lack of care with regards to design, selection and assembly may lead to TW liable to fail, with resultant risk of incident or injury.

As referenced in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, the ‘Design process’ refers to “the process for preparing and designing a project, including alterations to the design and the design of temporary works to facilitate construction of the project”.

Purpose of the Guide

The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that temporary works needs are identified, and that safe and practical designs, where required, are produced, and then correctly and safely constructed / maintained.

To ensure regulatory compliance, the successful control of temporary works requires a systematic and methodical approach, including the appointment of competent individuals for all roles, effective communication between all parties, and the maintenance of comprehensive records.

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