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WSH Institute Solutioning Session: Preventing Formwork Incidents


Arising from the recent spate of fatal formwork accidents, WSH Institute organised her inaugural WSH Institute Solutioning Session on 28 March 2014 to focus on Preventing Formwork Incidents. The Solutioning Session provided the platform for stakeholders from the entire formwork value chain to collectively identify root causes and solutions to prevent future formwork incidents. Formwork suppliers, formwork supervisors, formwork trainers, formwork contractors, main contractors, project managers, professional engineers, WSH Professionals, architects, academia and government officers were amongst the 66 participants invited.


Dr Gan Siok Lin, Executive Director (WSH Institute) reiterated the seriousness of the current situation. Associate Professor David Chua from the National University of Singapore (Honorary Fellow, WSH Institute) presented 5 case studies of fatal formwork incidents, highlighting their lapses, to set the stage for the subsequent breakout sessions.

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During the breakout sessions, participants discussed the root causes of formwork collapse and brainstormed on possible solutions to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

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WSH Institute would like to thank all participants, facilitators and note-takers for their active participation and constructive comments.

Click here to download the report.