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CROSS Safety Alert

Gross errors fear in structural timber design

Region: CROSS-UK Published: 1 January 2002


SCOSS received a report in 2002 expressing concern that standards of structural timber design achieved by many designers fall far short of those needed to give assurance of safety. A number of examples are given to illustrate that gross errors in design had been made.

SCOSS is concerned that the cited designs were not properly engineered and did not provide satisfactory levels of safety. In addition, there is concern that Building Control official appear not to have picked up these errors.

Note: this Safety Alert was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

Who should read this?

Those engaged in the design and construction of domestic properties: architects and designers, builders, timber truss manufacturers, site supervisors, site inspectors, and Building Control.

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