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).
A firm commissioned to design steel joints on a large portal frame structure noticed that there was lack of restraint to a series of long span rafters.
A reporter is concerned about third party certification of seismic design software and believes that users should carefully consider the assumptions that have been made in any such program.
A reporter is concerned that on small domestic projects, steelwork fabricators are appointed who do not have the expertise to design connections or prepare fabrication drawings.
There was a recent partial roof collapse at a shopping centre which was, says the reporter, built in the early 1970s in a form which may have been used extensively throughout the UK during this period and possibly beyond.
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