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CROSS Safety Alert

Building a safer future - summary of final report

Region: CROSS-UK Published: 1 July 2018


This Alert is a summary of selected parts of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Final Report that are relevant to structural and civil engineers. The final report should be read in full to appreciate all of the facts and the implications, and to absorb the wealth of information and the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt.

In the view of Dame Judith Hackitt, the above issues have helped to create a cultural issue across the sector, which can be described as a ‘race to the bottom’ caused through ignorance, indifference, or because the system does not facilitate good practice. There is insufficient focus on delivering a building of sufficient quality, in order to ensure that residents are safe, and feel safe.

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?

Those who own, commission, design, construct, or maintain multi-occupancy higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs) that are 10 storeys or more in height.

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