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ICE YH Knowledge Sharing: Introduction to Temporary Works, online

  • Webinar
  • online
  • 15 November 2021
  • 12:00 - 13:00
ICE YH Knowledge Sharing: Introduction to Temporary Works, online

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The Temporary Works Forum (TWf) was established in 2009 to encourage open discussion of any matter related to temporary works. Set up by industry for industry, the forum is subscription-based and open to any organisation within the industry - large or small - sharing this intent; whether client, permanent works designer, principal contractor, temporary works designer, proprietary equipment supplier, specialist, industry body or academia.

In respect of temporary works to seeks to:

  • Give authoritative guidance and, when required, professional leadership to the industry.
  • Consider aspects of permanent works and interfaces between permanent works and temporary works as are relevant.
  • Consider both current practice and likely development.
  • Be aware of trends and innovations in design, construction and use.
  • Consider whether unacceptable risk exists or might arise in the future and, if believed so, to give warning to relevant bodies.
  • Consider whether further research and development appears desirable.
  • Encourage others to avoid duplicating work in hand elsewhere.
  • Keep a watching brief on international issues

The talk will provide an introduction to the Temporary Works Forum (TWf) - including an insight into its aims and objectives – and highlight some of the guidance and information sheets available. It will also provide an insight into the changes introduced in BS 5975: 2019, the standard giving recommendations and guidance on the procedural controls to be applied to all aspects of temporary works in the construction industry.


David Thomas, MSc, BSc(Eng), AKC, CEng, FICE, CFIOSH, MInstRE

David is a director of - and company secretary to - the UK Temporary Works Forum (TWf), leading the organisation on a day-to-day basis. He is a chartered civil engineer and a chartered safety and health practitioner, with experience in design, enforcement, contracting, manufacturing, consultancy and training.

His early career was spent in engineering and management consultancy. He then spent ten years at the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (latterly as an HM Principal Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety (Construction) and technical advisor to the falls from height program). He was subsequently safety director at a global leader in engineered steel solutions (with facilities in the UK, UAE and India), before a short spell as technical director at a leading height safety specialist. 

As well as providing independent advice, he is chair of the BSI technical committee on personal fall
protection. He is also an individual life member of IRATA International, awarded in recognition of services to the association and the industrial rope access industry.

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United Kingdom

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