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CROSS Safety Alert

The selection and installation of construction fixings

Region: CROSS-UK, CROSS-AUS, CROSS-US Published: 1 September 2010


SCOSS has been concerned for some time at the use of structural fixings where these so called minor items have not received the attention they deserve given their safety critical nature. There have been many examples of failures and collapses.

Safety critical fixings should be identified at the design stage. Those which might pose safety risks if not properly controlled should be specifically considered with clear allocation of responsibility.

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?

Architects and designers, civil and structural engineers, specification writers, Principal Contractors, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, site personnel, site supervisors and operatives who install fixings and anchors.

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