Management of Safety in Temporary Works


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Overview

This course focuses on the key factors that ensure the safe design and implementation of temporary works systems. It covers the fundamental roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, together with clear and concise guidance on the practical implementation.



  • What are temporary works
  • Accidents involving temporary Works
  • Case studies on temporary works failures

Legal Responsibilities

  • Temporary works and the law
  • Overview of the Safety Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013
  • Duty holders with responsibilities for temporary works including the PSDP and PSCS
  • Clarity of responsibility in relation to temporary works

Temporary Works Co-coordinator or Supervisor

  • Temporary works co-coordinator or supervisor as defined in BS5975
  • Temporary works management
  • Temporary works procedure
  • Coordination between the temporary works designer and the permanent works designer
  • Competency relating temporary works
  • Temporary works register

Temporary Works Design

  • Temporary works design brief
  • Competency relating temporary works
  • Design checking
  • Temporary works erection / dismantling method statement
  • Risk assessment

Temporary Works on Site

  • Temporary works method statement
  • Temporary works erection
  • Temporary works pre use checks
  • Temporary works loading
  • Temporary works disassembly

Temporary Works - Scaffolding

  • Types, components, layout
  • Stability 
  • Factors for consideration

Temporary Works - Groundworks

  • Excavation and trench support
  • Ground support
  • Factors for consideration 

Temporary Works - Formworks / Falsework

  • Types of formwork
  • Choice of materials
  • Loading 
  • Striking

Temporary Works Other

  • Traffic Management
  • Hoarding 
  • Protective Fans
  • Barges
  • Access Roads
  • Crane Pads 
  • Piling Mats
  • Temporary Piling
  • Temporary electrical installations

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain an understanding in the following key areas in relation to the role of Clients in construction projects:

  • Understanding what are temporary works
  • Understand the personnel and functions involved in temporary works
  • Appreciate the legal liabilities surrounding the duty holders
  • Have a clear understanding of temporary works and the responsibilities they may encounter
  • Be aware of key factors in Temporary Works Systems
  • Understand and be ready to implement their employers’ procedures

Who Should Attend?

This course would be a benefit to engineers, project managers, designers and supervisors working for clients, consultants and contractors who need a detailed awareness of the safety and technical implications of temporary works.

Trainer’s Profile

William O'Keeffe joined the Health and Safety team of Arup in February 2017. He has over 17 years’ experience in managing Health & Safety within the water/wastewater, gas, civil engineering, construction, pharmaceutical and process industries. He previously headed up the Health & Safety Department of one of Europe's largest civil engineering companies, with responsibilities in the UK, Ireland, and Australia, employing over 5,000 direct staff with 65 full time Health and Safety advisors.

William has an in-depth knowledge of legislation, best practice and practical applications relating to Health & Safety in both Ireland and the UK.  He has provided Health & Safety training on over 22 different programmes to thousands of students over the past 10 years. He has several years’ experience dealing with regulatory authorities such as the HSA, HSE, and EPA.


"Good, relevant, interactive, informative"

"Very well delivered and very interesting. Gave a whole new insight to Temporary Works. William is a very good tutor."

"The course was excellent, very clear and very relevant"

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email