CROSS Safety Report
Unbraced temporary props
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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 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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