Worker Safety in Formwork Operations


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Title: Worker Safety in Formwork Operations

Author(s): Raymond A. Jurewicz.

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 90


Appears on pages(s): 81-90

Keywords: accident prevention; concrete construction; form removal; formwork (construction); safety; General

Date: 4/1/1986

Personal injury due to construction accidents inflict pain and suffering on the hapless victim and costs the construction industry billions of dollars annually. Recognizing the hazards and utilizing practical solutions can reduce this human and monetary waste. This paper deals with formwork safety from the view of working conditions and the necessary work operations that must be accomplished to install and strip formwork. It does not deal with formwork failures or the causes of these failures. The paper covers general hazards as well as the specific hazards associated with various formwork systems. Solutions to minimize risks associated with the various hazards are recommended. Various ways to develop safety awareness are also discussed.