Careers Business Ownership Safety, Installation and Removal of Formwork Share PINTEREST Email Print eyjafjallajokull / Getty Images Business Ownership Industries Construction Retail Small Business Restauranting Real Estate Nonprofit Organizations Landlords Import/Export Business Freelancing & Consulting Franchises Food & Beverage Event Planning eBay E-commerce Operations & Success Becoming an Owner By Juan Rodriguez Juan Rodriguez LinkedIn University of Puerto Rico DeVry University Juan Rodriguez is a former writer with The Balance who covered large-scale construction. He is an engineer with experience managing and overseeing large civil works construction. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/23/19 Formwork used in the construction industry must be designed, fabricated, erected, supported, braced, and maintained so that it can support all vertical and horizontal loads that will be exerted. Here are the safety precautions to follow when dealing with formwork. Equipment Drawings or design plans should include all revisions for the jack layout, shoring equipment details, working decks, scaffolds, and all other related accessories. Once all those details are designed, shoring equipment must be inspected prior to erection to determine that the equipment meets the requirements specified in the formwork drawings. Do not use shoring equipment that is potentially damaged or shows signs of damage. All formwork shoring equipment must be inspected immediately prior to, during, and immediately after concrete placement. Inspect all components thoroughly and if you find weakened equipment, reinforce it immediately. It is extremely important to check that all base plates, shore heads, extension devices, and screws are firm and secured with the foundation and the form. Concrete Formwork used and designed for cast-in-place concrete requires special considerations. Due to the significant weight that concrete adds to formwork and shoring equipment, it is important to check that eccentric loads are located over members that have been designed for such loading. If single-post shores are used one on top of another (tiered), then additional shoring requirements must be met. The shores must be: Designed by a qualified designer and the erected shoring must be inspected by an engineer qualified in structural designVertically alignedSpliced to prevent misalignment Adequately braced in two mutually perpendicular directions at the splicing level Adjustment of single-post shores to raise formwork must not be made after the placement of concrete. Reshoring must be erected, as the original forms and shores are removed, whenever the concrete is required to support loads in excess of its capacity. Cast-in-Place Concrete Formwork used on cast-in-place operations needs to be carefully planned, designed, and inspected. Here is a list of guidelines and requirements for cast-in-place formwork: The form structure must be maintained within all design tolerances specified for plumbness during the jacking operation. The predetermined safe rate of lift must not be exceeded. All vertical slip forms must be provided with scaffolds or work platforms where employees must work or pass. Reinforcing steel for walls, piers, columns, and similar vertical structures must be adequately supported to prevent overturning and collapse. Employers must take measures to prevent unrolled wire mesh from recoiling. These measures may include, but are not limited to, securing each end of the roll or turning over the role. Safety Guidelines When it's time to remove formwork, follow these recommendations: Do not remove forms and shores (except those that are used for slabs on grade and slip forms) until the worker determines that the concrete has gained sufficient strength to support its weight and superimposed loads. Verify concrete strength information against construction drawings, specifications, and testing results. Testing must follow the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard test method designed to determine the concrete compressive strength, and results must indicate that the concrete has gained sufficient strength to support its weight and superimposed loads. Read all your contract technical information covering the procedures on how and when to remove the formwork.