Visibility of temporary works

A number of temporary works (non-scaffolding) are currently on site; these temporary work elements (e.g. temporary propping systems, edge protection, temporary bridge) are being inspected at regular intervals to ensure their safety. The inspections are logged in the office and any potential issues rectified.

However, the question was posed how all parties on site would be aware that a certain temporary works element was inspected and is safe.

The site solved this issue with the following example:

  • Common scafftag holders were fixed to the temporary works elements and simple laminated signs made showing the day of the last inspection;
  • These sign are colour coordinated for easy identification but in case of colour blindness the weekday was also written on it;
  • If a temporary works element had been inspected and found safe, then that day’s sign would be placed in the scafftag making everyone aware of the situation;
  • However, if a temporary works element has been declared unsafe no sign would be placed showing that temporary works element is not suitable for use;
  • The inspections are also recorded as usual on the temporary works inspection register.

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Monitor report. Eurovia Contracting North (5068). Derbyshire. July 2016

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