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Industry launches temporary works forum

ICE and Health and Safety Executive has teamed up to help launch the temporary works forum (TWf) to combat concerns over poor management in this area.

The Temporary Works Forum (TWf) has been established to provide a platform for the industry to discuss and advise on all matters connected with all forms of temporary works. Its the brainchild of ICE vice president Bill Hewlett and backed by former Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) secretary John Carpenter.

Increased use of specialist equipment, the introduction of Eurocodes and a perceived reduction of engineering skills on site all point towards the need for a industry body to discuss and promote safe practice, according to its promoters.

The forum is an independent group representing all sectors, aims to hold regular meetings and is already preparing advice and commentary on a number of subjects.

The forum is already developing clear advice to prevent overturning of mobile cranes, has assisted in clarifying the roles of temporary works co-ordinators and is preparing a template for the training of permanent works designers in temporary works issues.

“These may appear mundane but they are all of vital importance to safeguard the safety of those involved and the public,” says forum secretary John Carpenter.

“We must not forget that temporary works are always safety-critical. We have learnt the hard way over past decades- we must do all we can to ensure these lessons are not forgotten.”

“This forum, which receives broad support from across industry, involves many of the UK’s leading individuals in this field and is the only industry-wide body taking up these important matters.”

ICE vice president Bill Hewlett adds, “this is a safety and cost critical area which has not received the attention it deserves. I am delighted with the response to the new forum and in the way all those participating have pulled together to make the industry a safer and more efficient place’.

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