Bridge Falsework Forum Holiday Inn – North Sacramento, CA October 15, 2007
1. Construction of falsework is a high-risk operation.
2. Contractors, their employees, Offices of Structure Construction staff, private consultants and the general public are at risk in the event of unplanned events with falsework.
3. Public safety is a joint responsibility between the contractor and the owner (State).
4. With the most recent incident occurring the same week as the Minneapolis I-35 bridge the press reported it as a bridge collapse that received the attention very high up in California government and on the national news wire services.
5. We are taking this time to discuss how to ensure that constructed falsework is stable and safe.
6. The feedback from today’s forum will be used to update best management practices through the Falsework Manual.
7. Revised Specifications may be issued to ensure that all contractors are held to the same requirements when designing, constructing and removing falsework.
FALSEWORK FORUM NOTES
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1. Action Items will be captured 2. All notes will be posted on the Internet
3. The following is the URL for the location of the notes: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/esc/construction/construc.htm
4. The Division of Engineering Services (DES), Offices of Structure Construction (OSC), hosted the forum.
PROGRESSION OF MEETINGS RELATED TO FALSEWORK STABILITY
After the most recent incident (where falsework fell across and blocked Route 149 a major highway in northern California) the DES Chief requested that OSC meet with the industry and get their input on how to prevent falsework from collapsing. OSC management decided that a three-step approach was needed to ensure that all sectors of the industry had an opportunity to comment on what was needed. The first meeting would be with the internal OSC Technical Team for Falsework, the second would be with the Joint Caltrans/Industry Falsework Advisory Team, and the third would be with the decision makers of the bridge construction industry. The intent was to carry ideas and recommendations forward in the progression of meetings, to foster discussion and ensure that all ideas were heard.