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).
Low pitched metal sheet roofs
A reporter is concerned about low pitch metal sheet roofing attached to trussed rafters.
CE marking scheme for structural steelwork
Concern has been expressed about the way in which the CE marking scheme for structural steelwork will be monitored, enforced and policed in the UK, since the use of CE marking is only voluntary here (but compulsory in mainland Europe).
Failure of blind bolts
There was a partial collapse of a steel frame building due to the failure of some blind bolts during the construction period. Loads at the time were well below anticipated failure levels.
Works were stopped on site after it was discovered the contractor had completely ignored the specified 5-bay sequence and timing of the underpinning works shown on the design drawings.
Precast concrete planks - durability and potential safety concerns
A reporter raises concerns over the recent collapses of precast concrete floor units that are installed throughout the UK.
Wind damage to gable wall
Following request for examples of wind damage this collapse was reported of the external brick skin of gable wall of a two storey timber frame terraced house.
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