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 budget limitations
A reporter is concerned that many local authorities do not seem to have the knowledge or impetus to address some technical issues even if the legislation is there for them as a course of action.
Blockwork lateral restraint
A recent building control inspection revealed issues with basement blockwork walls restrained by wind posts.
Contractor varies structural design intention
A reporter was made aware by the building owner of an unauthorised structural alteration that had been made on site.
Mobile message board in strong wind
A reporter raises concerns over mobile message boards adjacent to motorways after one moved into the motorway lane in windy conditions.
Post-fixed RC anchors - assumptions lead to unsafe design
A reporter raises concerns that engineers may be using post-fixed anchors without complying with the manufacturer's guidance or ensuring that their design assumptions are applicable.
Metal cladding panels blowing in the wind
A local authority was called to investigate a dangerous structure where metal cladding panels on the 10th floor of a student accommodation block were flapping in high winds.
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