Role of the Temporary Works Co-ordinator (TWC) Courses

We’re pleased to announce that from Monday 10th June 2013, we’ll be delivering Temporary Works Co-ordinator Courses.

What are Temporary Works?
“Temporary works” is a widely used expression in the construction industry for an “engineered solution” used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanent works during construction, or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or side-slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. The construction of most types of permanent works will require the use of some form of temporary works.

Temporary works is defined in BS5975: 2008 “Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework” as “(those) parts of the works that allow or enable construction of, protect, support or provide access to, the permanent works and which might or might not remain in place at the completion of the works”.

Course aims and objectives
The course improves the delegate’s ability to control, monitor and supervise the implementation of commonly encountered temporary works and raise their risk awareness.

On completion of this course candidates should:

1. Understand the process required to implement temporary works in construction

2. Be more risk-aware in relation to specific temporary works situations

3. Understand the duties and responsibilities of the TWC

4. Understand the specific role and duties of the temporary works supervisor

5. Be aware of the effect of change in site condition or method of working on TW and how to react

6. Appreciate the relationship of temporary works to the CDM and Health and Safety legislation

7. Be more effective in their site roles in relation to TW

Who should attend?
Anyone involved in the supervision or management of temporary works on site, engineers, site supervisors and section heads of both main and sub-contractor organisations in civil engineering and building.

Course Outline:

  • Legal and contractual issues in T.W.
  • Relationship between BS5975 and health and safety and CDM regulations
  • The rationale behind BS5975 – the code of practice for falsework
  • The role of T.W. in construction projects
  • The interdependence of design and site condition
  • An overview of possible risks and failures in typically encountered temporary works e.g.


– Trenches

– Excavations

– Temporary slopes and stockpiles


– Formwork

– Falsework

– Propping

– Façade retention

– Needling

– Shoring

– Edge protection, scaffolding, temporary bridges, site hoarding and signage, site fencing, cofferdams

Equipment/plant foundations

– Tower crane bases

– Supports

– Anchors and ties for construction hoists and mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs)

– Groundworks to provide suitable locations for plant erection, e.g. mobile cranes and piling rigs.

• Checking and inspection process for T.W.

• Assessing risks in temporary works

Mode of delivery:

  • An examination and discussion of key issues, using Power Point presentation
  • Examination of issues raised using case history exercises
  • Group exercises to develop risk awareness
  • Discussion and review to consolidate understanding

Benefits perceived:

  • Candidates will be more effective in their roles and duties with respect to T.W
  • Have an improved ability and confidence in supervising temporary works
  • Have increased awareness of factors that may compromise the successful implementation of TW and be better able to react to change
  • Understand the sensitivity of standard T.W. systems to changes that can cause potential failure or collapse and hence be more risk aware.

Candidate pre-course requirements:

  • Have a background awareness of basic temporary works
  • Have experience of site operations
  • Be involved in the supervision of construction works

Location and date
This is an open course and will be held at our comfortable, fully air conditioned training venue in Seaham where there is ample on-site parking. As with our other courses, a hot meal will be provided from a choice of menu complemented by tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day.

The course takes place on Monday 10th June 2013 and runs for six hours.

Further details
For more information of this, or any of our other courses and health and safety consultancy services, please contact us on 0844 225 0575 or email e-mail: Jackie


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