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Addition to Temporary Works Course Offerings

A Temporary Works course is designed to promote workplace safety for those working in construction, civil engineering, and allied industries. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) was established in the UK in 1964 to improve conditions and reduce accidents and injuries. The board accredits courses taught by training companies. Successful completion results in certification. The types of courses vary, as do the duration and method of each course. Two new courses are now being offered by a leading training provider. One course is for Temporary Works Cooordinator certification, and the other is for Temporary Works Supervisor certification.

Focus on these courses centers around the preparation, health and safety measures, and smooth operation of a temporary construction work-site. Regulations that must be followed to remain in compliance, permits and policies that have to be approved before work can begin, and strategies to keep workers and the public safe are covered. Also included are ongoing methods to arrange schedules and equipment throughout the project, ways to ensure a project is completed on time, and reports that are needed to keep lines of communication open between crews, security, and professionals. The course is two days in length and will be offered at several training centers in the UK, or at the business location. Both days have to be successfully completed consecutively to achieve certification.

Other courses available include site management, site environmental considerations and regulations, health and safety awareness, as well as supervising at a temporary site. Each new project site brings different challenges, such as working in a busy area downtown, working in remote areas, getting necessary machinery, equipment, and materials to allotted spaces within the site, or working at great heights. Fall hazards, high voltage, and chemical spills are always a danger, and the possibility of materials falling from scaffolding or partially completed floors is a reality. Proper training keeps workers safe, saves time and money for the company, and reduces insurance premiums for workers compensation and liability insurance. It is cost-effective, beneficial, and may also be required depending on regulations. Training is also an excellent retention tool for skilled workers. Many employees will remain with a company that provides continuing education as a benefit.