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).
Fatal wall collapse at school due to wall climbing
This report has been provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and once again highlights the potential dangers of freestanding masonry walls.
Tower crane foundation design error
Whilst carrying out an independent design check on a tower crane foundation design, a reporter discovered that the piles used on site did not have the required tension capacity.
Unauthorised alterations to Light Gauge Steel Framing on site
Concerns were raised after Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF) acting as a structural system was trimmed locally on site to accommodate the installation of balcony brackets without approval from the design team.
Who takes responsibility for preventing a failure?
After reading the safety alert on Hazard identification for structural design, a reporter shares their views how various parties involved with structural safety sometimes see their responsibilities.
No responsibility for damaged footbridge
A reporter describes how they tried to raise concerns over a damaged footbridge but could not determine who ownership.
Questionable tension bracing arrangement
A reporter is concerned about the arrangement of diagonal tension bracing in one bay of a building.
Dangerously defective glass smoke screens
A reporter was asked to investigate the spontaneous failure of glass smoke control screens at a major retail store.
Collapse of domestic glass balustrade due to inadequate fixings
A firm was asked to provide professional advice regarding the replacement of a glass balustrade which had collapsed.
Split responsibility for collapsed boundary wall adjacent to railway
A train driver reported striking debris from a collapsed wall in an urban location.
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