Temporary Works: Risk and Awareness

Engineering context

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 course aims to raise awareness of the risks that temporary works pose when they have not been adequately controlled, common causes of failure, and where good practice can be found. The course will also focus on international best practice in the safe design, construction, use, maintenance and removal of temporary works.

Upon completion, you will be able to identify temporary works across a project, understand the common risks involved, and significantly reduce the level of risk through implementing good procedural control.

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This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

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

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*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.

Online delivery now available

This course can be delivered online as part of our Virtual Workshop program. Adapted for the online learning environment, our Virtual Workshops are interactive and outcomes-based.

Content, duration and format can also be customised for corporate clients through our Tailored Training services.

Temporary Works: Risk and Awareness


"Very good learning experience. Temporary works is often overlooked, but this course helped me understand the importance and significance of temporary works" - M.H, 2019

"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, 2019

"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" - Thilan, 2019

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We can deliver this course online in a number of different formats and even customise the content so that it’s applicable specifically to your work group and industry context. For groups of six or more we provide cost-effective, customised and outcome-focused in-house training.

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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 require some degree of site-based or oversight experience, no previous engineering design or temporary works experience is necessary.

Your facilitator for this course

Barnabas Ilko MIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ CMEngNZ CPEng(NZ) is a Chartered Professional Engineer (AU and NZ) with post-graduation work experience gained in consulting, construction, heavy engineering, resources industry and ship building. During this time, he worked on tender phase support, through to development of detailed temporary works designs, construction staging and interpreting specifications and drawings on site with construction personnel.

During this time in the industry he worked on major infrastructure, deep basements, temporary/permanent retentions, materials placing equipment, lifting equipment, propping/shoring of various structural elements and many other temporary works items.

Through these years of experience working with contractors and stakeholders on developing safe and effective construction methodologies Barnabas learned from industry experts how to identify temporary works, risks associated with them and how to mitigate/manage them.

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