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Temporary Support

Hazard Related Topics

Temporary Support includes:


  • Any part of the new structure requiring any intermediate support at ground level.
  • The nature of the support required.
  • The extent of working space required to permit structural support in parallel with other operations.
  • The safety zones required around the intermediate support.

The steps to be considered:

  • Identify what needs to be supported temporarily.
  • Design the appropriate support. Ensure it accommodates all of the work to be done before the permanent structure is in place.
  • A written method statement should be prepared which covers each stage of the process and considers the health and safety implications. It should include the dismantling of the support.
  • The contents of the method statement should be communicated to all concerned with the process.
  • It should be ensured that any changes are carried out only after consultation with the designer of the original support.
  • Build the necessary support and ensure that it is inspected at least daily by a competent person.
  • All sub-contractors should be instructed in the method statement.

Relevant Legislation