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).
Building control and the design of a free-standing wall
A reporter raises concerns over the design of a 2m high freestanding garden wall.
Check for errata when using manuals
A reporter from an international firm of consulting engineers noticed an alert on a global internal knowledge networks about an errata in an AISC manual.
Deficiencies on access scaffold
Investigation by a reporter’s firm into an access scaffold on a refurbishment contract on a city centre site brought to light a number of deficiencies which rendered the scaffold out with its design parameters.
Verification of inspection documents
A reporter raises concern after evidence had recently been received that an increased number of ‘copies’ of the supplier’s inspection certificates for heavy plate products had been modified from the original state or falsified.
Defective imported scaffold ties
On a contract where multi lift access scaffolds had been installed for a period of up to 18 months in an exposed coastal location, it was found by a reporter on one of the regular inspections that some of the scaffold ties had failed.
Concern about design principles for tall buildings
A reporter raises questions about very tall and complex reinforced concrete structures that incorporate combined transfer systems some of which may be supported on corner columns.
Design of tall asymmetric structures
A reporter touches on the topic of analysis and design of the structural systems for tall buildings which are asymmetric and may be irregular in plan.
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