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).
Checking reinforcement before concrete pours
A reporter shares their concerns about incorrect rebar positioning on site prior to concrete being poured.
Emergency motorway lane closure during concrete repairs
This report highlights how confusion during concrete repair works led to an unplanned emergency lane closure of a bridge carrying a motorway.
Fire protection of mixed hot/cold rolled steel structure
This report describes how a high-rise building had to be remediated after it was found there was insufficient fire protection encasement of structural elements.
Roof collapse at primary school
Blocked drainage outlets likely lead to the build-up of water on a school roof which collapsed.
Glazing design and horizontal barrier loading
A reporter shares problems they have encountered with barrier loading requirements on a curtain walling glazing system.
Consequences of low professional fees
An engineer believes that despite public concerns about workmanship issues on site, low professional fees mean that engineers are not able to adequately check the work on site.
Unauthorised structural alterations to accommodate drainpipes
A reporter became aware of cases where main structural steel sections were ‘butchered’ on site to accommodate drainpipes.
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Building control in England is significantly different from the practice in Scotland. I believe it is important, necessary even, if only by a footnote, that references to the Building Control function, duties and powers will often be different between England and Scotland. Experienced structural engineers in Scotland (carrying authorisation) will be aware of this.