Introduction to Temporary Works

Explore the fundamentals of managing Temporary Works including typical forms, terminology, procedural control, and common causes of failure.
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Explore the fundamentals of managing Temporary Works including typical forms, terminology, procedural control, and common causes of failure.

The use of temporary works on a construction project greatly increases the WHS risks involved, where failures are often significant events.

Most of these risks can be managed by the adoption of good procedural control. Procedural controls for temporary works in the construction industry were first established in the UK in 1982 through the British Standards Institution’s BS5975, which is still considered to be international best practice in this field.

This webinar aims to raise the awareness of the types and forms of temporary works. The session will include an overview of BS5975, its development in 2020, and how the legislation requirements in Australia affect the design and delivery of temporary works.

Real world case studies will be used to highlight a few of the risks that temporary works pose when they have not been adequately controlled and common causes of failure.

You will learn about temporary works terminology, common forms, the importance of procedural control, how and where procedural control originated, and where to find more literature on temporary works regulations.

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This webinar was recorded and is available to watch through Engineers Australia’s new online streaming platform, EA On Demand.



1 hour
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1 hour

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1 hour
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Learning outcomes
  • Identify temporary works across a project
  • Identify the terminology in temporary works and where it came from
  • Understand what the common forms of temporary works are and how they are classified
  • Have a grounding from which to act, such that poor practice does not lead to harm
  • Understand what is meant by good procedural control and where good practice can be found
  • Apply the learnings from this webinar in the industry about temporary works.
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course is relevant for Civil, Geotechnical and Structural Engineers working in the construction sector. Roles include:

  • Project Managers
  • Site Managers
  • Site foremen
  • Supervisors
  • Subcontractors
  • Project Engineers
  • Site Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers

It is also ideal for WHS Advisors, Bid/Commerical Managers, Clients and Client Representatives.


Participants should have some degree of exposure to temporary works, but it is not necessary.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • What is Temporary Works?
  • Common forms of Temporary Works
  • Historical failures caused by Temporary Works
  • The Bragg Report, BS5975 and the origin of the “Procedural Control”
  • Temporary Works legislation in Australia
How you'll learn

Delivered via Webinar

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Webinar platform - Zoom

These sessions run through Zoom. On the day of the webinar you will receive the unique Zoom link at least one hour before the webinar is scheduled to begin.

We suggest that you download the Zoom Desktop Client to ensure you can fully participate in the webinar. If you view the webinar through the Zoom web browser or via a phone or tablet device you may not be able to participate in the interactive elements such as answering polling questions. 

Please read through the following information on Zoom to ensure you are prepared for the webinar:

Barnabas Ilko
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