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CROSS Topic Paper

Falsework - full circle?

Region: CROSS-UK Published: 1 August 2010


The late 1960s and early 1970s was a time of great activity and innovation in the construction industry. Boundaries were being pushed out in all directions - in respect of design, materials and scale of projects which brought about some great achievements, but also a number of serious repercussions.

As a consequence of growing concern over an area of work not well regulated at the time, an advisory committee was established under the chairmanship of S L Bragg with a wide remit. This profoundly influenced safety and practice in construction and the conclusions and recommendations are universally valid.

Note: this Topic Paper was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

Who should read this?

Principal Designers and Principal Contractors, civil and structural engineers, temporary works engineers, HSE regulators and building control departments, university teachers and students.

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