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Unbraced temporary props

Report ID: 482 Published: 1 January 2015 Region: CROSS-UK

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Overview

An alarming photograph has been sent by a contributor.

Key Learning Outcomes

For builders and homeowners:

  • Bracing should be provided to temporary props to ensure lateral stability is provided
  • Having a competent temporary works designer/adviser in place to supply an engineered solution can ensure all temporary works are carefully considered and planned
  • The Building Research Establishment (BRE) provide guidance in their publication – BRE GBG 15: Providing temporary support during work on openings in external walls

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An alarming photograph has been sent by a contributor (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: temporary propping photograph from reporter (2104)

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An almost identical photograph from another source is also shown below (Figure 2). Clearly any disturbance of these un-braced props could result in collapse in either case. If these props were erected by a householder, the individual was putting his own family’s lives at risk. If they were erected by a builder, the individual was at risk of a manslaughter charge and custodial sentence, should they have failed and caused death.

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Figure 2: temporary propping to rear of house

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