Re-visiting Bragg to keep UK’s temporary works safe under EuroNorms, London

21 March, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:30

Re-visiting Bragg to keep UK’s temporary works safe under EuroNorms, London

About this event

Major failures of UK temporary works have almost disappeared since BS 5975 was published in 1982, following the Bragg report in 1975 into recent falsework disasters in which many lost their lives. But with the replacement of British standards by EuroNorms, could such failures inevitably recur?

BS 5975 is ‘British’ in style: its comprehensive guidance appeals to reasonableness and the exercise of judgment. Not every detail of site operations can be foreseen in the design office, so coordinating the inter-relationship between designer and constructor is critical. This contrasts with the style of the EuroNorms, in which reliance is placed on highly analytical methods and reduced factors of safety.

This lecture at ICE will define temporary works and why they are important, while examining key points arising around the temporary works safety and the new developments relevant to the subject.

The speakers will compare BS 5975 in detail with the EuroNorm for falsework, BS EN 12812, and look at the dependence on analysis and the absence of guidance on procedural control.

The introduction of the structural Eurocodes also presents a fundamental challenge to the construction industry. At a time when those who grew up with Bragg are retiring from the industry, the presentation will re-visit Bragg’s recommendations and sets a fresh agenda to maintain and improve safety in the industry as the EuroNorms are adopted.



Event materials

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Stuart Paul Marchand

MA(Cantab) FICE FIStructE
Managing Director Wentworth House Partnership

John Beswick
Stuart Paul Marchand

Stuart graduated from Cambridge in 1973 and spent the majority of his first 8 years of experience in heavy civil engineering on road and bridge construction and on the Thames Barrier.

He then transferred to the temporary works design sector of the industry and joined Costain Construction’s temporary works department as Senior Design Engineer. He progressed to take over as Chief Engineer in 1991 and was involved in many major developments with deep basements such as the 7 Storey underground car park in Aldersgate on which he published 2 papers, and 12-15 Finsbury Circus, a 16m deep open cut basement.

In 1999 he left to set up Wentworth House Partnership which he has developed as a specialist Temporary Works and Geotechnical Consultancy now comprising a staff of 28.

Andrew Jones

John Beswick
Andrew Jones 

Andrew Jones has worked in the temporary works sector for over 25 years, initially with Kier Construction and then for RMD Kwikform UK Ltd where he is Chief Engineer. During his time with Kier Construction he worked on several complex major projects and was involved in both construction and design.

While at RMD Kwikform he has specialized in Formwork, Falsework and Refurbishment. He has been involved with a vast range of schemes and applications from the small and seemingly insignificant to the large and prestigious.

Andrew is an active member of the TWf, has served on several working groups and was the lead author of their document; Use of European standards for Temporary Works design. He was the TWf representative on the recently published PAS 8812:2016 Temporary works - Application of European Standards in Design Guide.

He is a regular industry speaker on the design and safety of formwork and falsework.

Bill Hewlett MA FICE CEng FIET

John Beswick
Bill Hewlett

Bill has 35 years’ experience of working in the construction industry. His career has spanned most types of civil and structural engineering, working predominantly in contracting organisations. His particular expertise is in temporary works and construction method engineering, a discipline he champions in the industry as co-founder and chairman of the Temporary Works Forum.