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Temporary works guidance aims to cut accident numbers

An industry body has created guidance for clients in a bid to cut the number of accidents caused by poor practice in the use of temporary works.

The Temporary Works Forum, whose founding members include Balfour Beatty and Costain, published a Clients’ Guide to Temporary Works.

It was written in response to a request from a high profile group of clients, including the Highways Agency, Crossrail and National Grid.

Forum chairman, report author and Costain technical director Bill Hewlett said the main aim of the document was to improve design and procurement of temporary works.

This should reduce the number of accidents caused by failure of - and the amount of money spent on - such works, he added.

Crossrail chief engineer Chris Dulake welcomed the report, and said client teams needed greater influence over temporary works and managing potential risks.

“Significant resources are engaged in the design, co-ordination and delivery of temporary works,” he said. “Their efficacy and construction have a direct impact on the safety, programme and cost of a project. 

“I am delighted that the Temporary Works Forum has provided clients with this guidance. It does not seek to fundamentally change how the industry operates, but to give insight to make it clear to project participants who is accountable and responsible during the project lifecycle, and what as clients we should be doing and looking for.

“Critically it guides clients on how they can optimise their project procurement, giving a national reference standard.”

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