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).
Incomplete casting of composite brick/concrete parapets
A reporter states that during a parapet raising scheme over a mainline railway, a void up to 300mm deep was identified below existing coping bed level.
Concern about foundations to telecoms masts
Concerns are raised about a potential safety problem with the design and construction of ‘root’ foundations for telecom poles.
Stability of existing structures impacting construction sites
A reporter discusses the clients and principal contractors duties regarding the stability of existing structures on site, particularly those scheduled for demolition.
Dangerous balcony construction
During an investigation of a balcony construction, a reporter discovered serious inadequacies related to a total lack of coordination between sub-contract work packages coupled with a lack of appropriate supervision.
Inadequate structural design for domestic properties
A reporter has recently been asked to redesign several projects for domestic extensions/alterations, where two structural problems were found.
Widespread fire safety failings in residential blocks
A reporter highlights fire safety issues that were found during investigations of building defects in residential blocks.
Risk of fire spread through service ducts
A reporter highlights that the risk of spread of smoke, hot gases and flames due to deficiencies in service ducts is an important subject that needs detailed investigation.
The role of District Surveyors
A reporter highlights how, under the London Building Acts 1930, District Surveyors were appointed to supervise construction and enforce regulations.
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