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Temporary Works: Risk and Awareness

Learn how to identify, manage and administer temporary works by understanding their risks and how to proceed.
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Learn how to identify, manage and administer temporary works by understanding their risks and how to proceed.

Temporary works failures are often significant and can cause death. You can avoid most of these failures with robust procedural control.

In this course, you'll learn about:

  • the risks of poorly controlled temporary works
  • common causes of failures
  • where to find good guidelines - including British Standard BS5975.

You'll cover local and international best practice in safety in design, as well as in the construction, use, maintenance and removal of temporary works. You'll also learn about common failures.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • identify temporary works across a project
  • understand the common risks involved
  • implement good procedural control to reduce risk.

You'll also get a workbook that includes references to online tools, books, guidelines and practice notes for further reference.


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2 x 4 hour sessions
Location & dates

23 July - 24 July


27 August - 28 August


28 November - 29 November

Additional Information

This online short course will run on the following dates:

23 & 24 July 2024, 9am – 1pm AEST

27 & 28 August 2024, 1pm – 5pm AEST

28 & 29 November 2024, 9am – 1pm AEDT


Registrations close three business days before the start of each session.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Identifying all temporary works across a project
  • A good understanding of common risks posed by temporary works
  • The causes of recent temporary works failures
  • Your obligations to control temporary works risks under WHS legislation
  • Defining what good procedural control means and where to find good practice
  • Defining common temporary works terminology, including working load limits, factors of safety and permissible stress design
  • Developing a strategy to ensure poor practice doesn't lead to harm
  • How to conduct temporary works checks, including sliding, overturning and stability
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits civil, geotechnical and structural engineers working in the construction sector. It's also suitable for related roles, including:

  • WHS advisers
  • early contractor involvement (ECI), bid and tender phase team members
  • procurement team members
  • site management team members
  • project management team members (contractor or client side)
  • project directors
  • project managers
  • commercial managers
  • bid or tender managers
  • site managers
  • site foremen
  • supervisors
  • subcontractors
  • project engineers
  • site engineers
  • consulting engineers
  • clients and client representatives.

You should have some exposure to temporary works, but this isn't mandatory.

No engineering design experience is necessary.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

Identifying temporary works

  • Definition of temporary works
  • Examples of failures
  • Direct impact on project work health and safety (WHS)

WHS and procedural control

  • Introduction to British Standard BS5975
  • Duties of a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) under the WHS Act (2011)
  • Temporary works failures
  • Why procedural control is important and necessary

The temporary works procedure

  • Overview of a plan and introduction of the Temporary Works Coordinator

General awareness modules

  • General design theory
  • Rules
  • Friction
  • Sliding
  • Overturning
  • Lateral stability
  • Bracing
  • Common forms of temporary works and their specific considerations that affect their performance

Online libraries and other resources

  • Reference materials, guidelines, recorded lectures and other useful resources to further deepen your knowledge
  • Codes of practice - general and specific for scaffolding, demolition etc.
  • How to research solutions and good practice examples relevant to your project
  • Other online content related to the management or design of temporary works
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

6. Identify, assess and manage risks
7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

Barnabas Ilko
Very good learning experience. Temporary works is often overlooked, but this course helped me understand the importance and significance of temporary works.
As a professional working with a tier 1 contractor I found this an insightful course on a topic rarely discussed within the industry. It was helpful to reinforce principles currently in practice and to see where improvements can be made through lessons learned by others.
Brendan S
Excellent course for a young engineer to understand best practices and methodologies around temporary works design. The real construction examples [including] videos were very useful.
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