Work Cover NSW released a SAFETY ALERT for the Temporary Bracing of Concrete Tilt-Up Panels (click here to view the Safety Alert Document). This safety alert was published following an incident involving the collapse of a concrete tilt-up panel weighing approximately 40 tonne, resulting from bracing that was not installed to the engineer’s design failing under a moderate wind loading.
In the document, there are Risk Controls listed to ensure that the incident does not happen again. One of the Controls listed is:
"Regularly inspect the braces and bracing inserts, fixings and connections for damage or loosened connections."
If the Sekure Lok™ Washer System is used on the braces then this risk control is overcome and loosened connections will not be a problem again!
As an Engineer or Safety Officer - you should be recommending the use of the Sekure Lok™ Washer on all Temporary Bracing of Concrete Tilt-Up Panels and Pre-Cast Panels.