What is Falsework?

Falsework is described as “a temporary structure used to support a permanent structure during the erection until it becomes self supporting.” However, this can sometimes be misinterpreted as it could be read to include horizontal and raking supports. Research of the code of practice states that falsework is the correct term to use when dealing with situations where the supporting systems are carrying a vertical load. A better definition could be, “Falsework is any temporary structure, in which the main load bearing members are vertical, used to support a permanent structure and associated elements during the erection until it is self supporting.”

Given the two definitions of Formwork and Falsework they are given strict boundaries between the two, there are occasions when Formwork and Falsework become combined in methods which go by the names of Table Forms and Flying Forms.