A Newsletter from CROSS-UK containing reports on structural safety issues.
Note: this Newsletter was published by CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety is renamed Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).
Issues for CDM co-ordinators
A reporter feels that a lack of finance is being invested in the long-term maintenance for structures and that this is a difficult issue for the CDM co-ordinator to raise with the client.
Shop/domestic building collapse
A two storey corner (end of terrace) property fronting a very busy, narrow major route collapsed during the construction of a new basement.
Advice wanted by amateur builder
This notice, seen by a reporter, was posted on a DIY website, and whilst it may be apocryphal, it illustrates the type of queries received by local authorities and building regulations officers.
Precast concrete canopies in housing
A reporter warns that precast concrete cantilever canopies which are slender and monolithic with lintels over entrance doorways can be vulnerable to sudden collapse.
This is a case of collapse caused by a builder not carrying out underpinning works as detailed by the design engineer.
Design wind loading for tower cranes
A report from a major contractor concerns wind loading on tower cranes.
Wind loads during construction
A reporter raises concerns about wind load reduction factors in BS6399-2.
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