BS5975 has now been around for 35 years. When it was introduced in 1982 it was called the “Code of Practice for Falsework”. It has been amended and revised a few times and is now called the “Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework”. As well as the title getting longer the number of pages has also increased from 80 to 228. It was brought out at a time when accidents and fatalities during the construction of major projects were commonplace.
The Concrete Society and the Institution of Structural Engineers brought out a Technical Report on Falsework TRCS4 in July 1971. Bragg was appointed in 1973 to advise on technical safety of falsework in response to a number of collapses of falsework structures. The Bragg Committee reported on 1975. The Standing Committee on Structural Safety was established in 1976. BS5975 was introduced in 1982. Since then the number and extent of collapses during construction in the UK, and the associated accidents, has fallen and we have one of the safest construction industries in Europe.
This lecture looks briefly at what temporary works are, some significant collapses that occurred in the 1960s, the timeline that led to BS5975, what’s actually in BS5975 and developments since 1982.
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