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CROSS Safety Alert

Anomalous documentation for proprietary products

Region: CROSS-UK, CROSS-AUS, CROSS-US Published: 1 February 2013


CROSS has become aware of a number of instances where certification accompanying proprietary products has stated compliance with standards or specified requirements, but the products have been found not to be in accordance with specification. On several occasions, this has led to premature structural failure of the component at loads well below the intended design capacity.

Those in supply chains must appreciate their responsibility to ensure that they have acted with due care and rigorously check product certification. Documents may not be falsified but simply misleading so great care is needed.

Note: this Safety Alert was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

Who should read this?

Principal Designers, architects and designers, civil and structural engineers, project managers, quantity surveyors, Principal Contractors, contractors, suppliers of construction products, Building Control officers.

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