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Background to BS5975 and the Development of Temporary Works, Glasgow

  • Lecture
  • Glasgow
  • 31 October 2019
  • 17:30 - 19:30
Background to BS5975 and the Development of Temporary Works, Glasgow

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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.

Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start.


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Jim Tod

Jim Tod

Jim is a Chartered Civil Engineer working for Tony Gee and Partners in their Manchester office as their Temporary Works Director and Group Specialist. He has 37 years’ experience of solving complex engineering problems during the construction of civil engineering works, 13 years of which has been with specialist jacking and temporary works contractors.

His projects include bridge launches, slides, flotation; bridge jacking for pier demolition and bearing replacement; emergency response schemes for bridge support to damaged and failing structures; facade retention; major needling and propping; heavy moving and lifting. He is an active participant in the Temporary Works Forum, contributor to TWF working groups on “Stability of reinforcement cages prior to concreting” and the latest draft of BS5975. He has made presentations at the TWF on reinforcement stability and at the I Struct E and the ICE on the background to BS5975. He has also published a paper on Lifting, Moving and Jacking in “The Structural Engineer” as part of the Temporary Works Toolkit series.

Event venue

Technology and Innovation Centre
University of Strathclyde
99 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RD
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]