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CROSS Topic Paper

Elliot Lake mall collapse

Region: CROSS-UK Published: 1 December 2014


In June 2012 part of the roof of a thirty two year old Mall in Ontario, Canada collapsed killing two people and injuring nineteen.

The Commission found that the collapse was due to human failure. To quote part of the summary: Many of those whose calling or occupation touched the Mall displayed failings – its designers and builders, its owners, some architects and engineers, as well as municipal and provincial officials charged with the duty of protecting the public. Some of these failings were minor; some were not. They ranged from apathy, neglect, and indifference through mediocrity, ineptitude, and incompetence to outright greed, obfuscation, and duplicity.

Note: this Topic Paper 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?

Asset owners, architects and designers, civil and structural engineers, surveyors and those responsible for the maintenance of assets.

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