The term permanent works refers to the parts of a structure which are built to last and will still be standing many years from now, such as the walls and roofing. Temporary works are an essential part of construction and renovation projects, and are needed to support the permanent works taking place. Temporary works may involve the installation of props, scaffolding and shoring systems, and will usually be removed once the permanent structure has been completed. In some cases, these kinds of systems may become a permanent part of the finished structure, continuing to provide ongoing support and strengthening.

Temporary works play an extremely important role in these kinds of projects, and it is crucial that the same level of care, planning and skill goes into them as into the permanent parts of the structure. They provide essential support, prevent structures from collapsing and cracking, and protect workers and other people in the area from the risk of injury. For all of these reasons, it is important to pay close attention to the advice set out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive).

British Standard 5975 is designed to reduce the risk of accidents, promote knowledge and awareness, and increase standards of management in temporary works. Some of its principles include the appointment of a competent adviser and designer to prepare the structures, thoroughly checking structures for safety and stability at the design and installation stages, and ensuring that there is effective co-ordination and communication between all parties involved on the project.

This standard is not a legal requirement when it comes to temporary works, but you do have a legal obligation to implement health and safety precautions, so it is strongly recommended that its guidelines are followed. By using the services of our skilled temporary works coordinators, you can be confident that your project will adhere to the highest competencies for temporary works and that there is no unnecessary risk for workers or the public.