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Two more Construction Regulations 2014 safety rules you must comply with when it comes to temporary works

by , 03 April 2014
Temporary works are an integral part of most construction and building operations and there are unique technical, legal and safety issues in respect of the planning, design and implementation of such activities, says M.E.L. Health and Safety Consultants. In South Africa, you're required to follow what's outlined in Construction Regulations 2014 when dealing with temporary works. Here are the rules...

You must comply with Construction Regulations 2014 when building temporary works

In this article, we gave you six safety rules you must adhere to when it comes to temporary works. We're now going to give you two additional rules so you can fully comply with Construction Regulations 2014.


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Construction Regulations 2014 outline two additional requirements for temporary works

#1: The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors explains that Construction Regulations 2014 require you to ensure adequate precautionary measures are taken in order to:

  • Secure any deck panels against displacement; and
  • Prevent any person from slipping on temporary works due to the application of release agents;

#2: Construction Regulations 2014 state that you (contractor) must ensure that:

  • As far as is reasonably practicable, the health of any person isn't affected through the use of solvents or oils or any other similar substances;
  • Upon casting concrete, the temporary works structure is left in place until the concrete has acquired sufficient strength to safely support its own weight and any imposed load. You must also ensure that the temporary works structure isn't removed until the competent person has given authorisation in writing.
  • The foundation conditions are suitable to withstand the loads caused by the temporary works structure and any imposed load in accordance with the temporary works design.
  • You've made provision for safe access. This means you must ensure there are ladders or staircases for all work to be carried out above the foundation bearing level;
  • A temporary works drawing or any other relevant document includes construction sequences and methods statements;
  • The temporary works has the latest revision of any relevant structural design drawing; and
  • A temporary works design and drawing is used only for its intended purpose and for a specific portion of a construction site. Don't forget that the temporary works designer must approve the temporary works drawings before any temporary works are put up.

There you have it. Now that you know all the safety rules for temporary works, make sure you comply with Construction Regulations 2014.

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