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 reporter has expressed their concern about the structural stability of cantilever glass infill panels between a steel post and handrail balustrade system at a high-level apartment block.
Concerns are raised about the design of propping to large excavations and particularly about the design of the connections for a raking prop to a horizontal waler.
A reporter says that the issue of successful co-ordination between designers, contractors and specialist bearing suppliers is one they have experienced.
A correspondent has been thinking about the problem of lack of supervision in construction generally and has come to the conclusion that this is all part of a wider problem.
A correspondent is concerned that cold formed S235 steel is being used in place of hot formed S355 steel, as this can have dangerous implications.
A reporter has observed that where an opening is being formed on domestic properties for, say a rear extension, that the builders tend to remove the masonry and follow up with the temporary propping.
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