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).
Role of approved inspectors
A reporter whose firm is involved in a partially built project worth £6m, where there is defective work and the builder has gone into liquidation, raises concerns over the role of the approved inspector.
Risk in notching timber studs
During the construction of a block of apartments a reporter found a couple of locations on an external fourth floor wall where the load-bearing studs had been notched well past permissible depths.
Need for licensed builders
A reporter feels certain building work should only be carried out by licensed qualified builders.
Permanent formwork to slabs
Concerns are raised over deflection issues that are not being considered when using permanent formwork.
Fall of bridge deck support due to bolt over-tightening
A 7t steel frame designed to temporarily support part of a bridge deck during bearing refurbishments work fell from height as it was about to be lowered some 21m to the ground.
Defect on site deliberately covered up
A reporter shares an experience they had whilst working for a contractor as an assistant site engineer and provides evidence of the risks associated with the reliance on self-certification of construction.
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