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News and legislation

BS 5975 is currently going through consultation. To keep informed of progress, follow these British Standards Institution standards development pages:

BS 5975-1 Code of Practice for Temporary Works – Procedures, General Information and Design of Falsework. Part 1: Management procedures for the control of temporary works

BS 5975-2 Code of Practice for Temporary Works – Procedures, General Information and Design of Falsework. Part 2: The design of falsework

Temporary works document templates

These templates are designed to support the exercises from the training courses and represent what is typically required from such documents:

It can be helpful to see forms used ‘in action’ to understand the level and type of information that is expected. These forms are completed examples based on the blank templates above. They are based on a scenario that is outlined in the first document in this list.

The following forms may apply to any construction project, they are therefore relevant to temporary works. These forms come from a wider collection of checklists and forms that accompany the GE700 publication.

Simplified temporary works flowchart

A simplified temporary works flowchart has been developed with the support of Andun Engineering Consultants, the flowchart breaks the project steps down into:

  • Role appointment
  • Process 
  • Key TW document

Download a copy of the simplified flowchart (PDF, 163KB)

The full flowchart, on which this is based, can be found at http://andun.co.uk/temporary-works-flowchart.

Case studies

This below accordion contains links to articles relating to 11 key incidents,  that trainers may choose to develop into case studies or scenarios to support exercises or the wider scheme of work.

 Download all case studies as PDF documents (Zip, 15.26MB)

1972 | London Bridge, Reading

2000 | Cardiff

2004 | Singapore

2008 | Stroud

2011 | Great Yarmouth

2011 | Battersea

2016 | Watford

2017 | Cricklewood

2017 | Luton

2019 | Bristol

2021 | Warrington


Further Reading

The below accordion contains a selection of further reading that includes standards and guidance. Where the document is freely available a direct link has been included.

Andun: https://andun.co.uk/

British Standards Institution (BSI): https://shop.bsigroup.com

  • BS 5975:2019 Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework
  • BS 7121, Parts 1 to 14, Code of practice for safe use of cranes
  • BS EN 12811-4:2013 Temporary works equipment - Protection fans for scaffolds. Performance requirements and product design
  • BS EN 12812:2008 Falsework. Performance requirements and general design.

CIRIA: www.ciria.org

  • C579 (2003). Retention of masonry façades – Best practice guide
  • C589 (2003). Retention of masonry façades – best practice site handbook

CITB ShopConstruction site safety – The comprehensive guide (GE700)

In particular:

  • oBook C: General safety (Chapters 04, 07 and 09)
  • oBook D: High risk activities
  • oBook F: Specialist activities (Chapter 03).

CITB: CDM guidance for designers

Concrete Centre: www.concretecentre.com/Publications-Software.aspx

Concrete Society: www.concrete.org.uk

  • CS030 (2012). Formwork – A guide to good practice. Third edition.

Construction Plant Hire Association: https://www.cpa.uk.net

CONSTRUCT: https://construct.org.uk/toolkit_category/technical-formwork/

  • CSG005: Guide to the safe use of formwork and falsework (2008) 

HSE: www.hse.gov.uk


ICE Publishing: www.icevirtuallibrary.com

The Institution of Structural Engineers: https://www.istructe.org

NASC: www.nasc.org.uk/information

Pallett Temporary Works Limited: http://www.temporaryworks.info

Steel Construction: http://www.steelconstruction.org

The Structural Engineer: www.istruct.org/journal

These largely reference to permanent works but the principles apply to temporary works.

Temporary Works forum: www.twforum.org.uk/home (see ‘Resources’)

Temporary works: references (up to end of February 2020)


This list was developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders and trainers to determine the common technical terms that should be covered to help fulfil the courses’ schemes of work.

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