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A heavy ceiling in an entertainment building collapsed.
Key Learning Outcomes
For construction professionals and design engineers:
Ceiling design and installation should be given the same degree of attention as the primary structure during both design and construction to improve safety, reliability and longevity
Consider appointing a single entity (or Chartered Engineer) to have overall control of the design of the ceiling system. This would include overseeing its interfaces with the support structure and to assure the ability of the structure to support the applied loads.
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A heavy ceiling in an entertainment building fell down fortunately when nobody was there. The ceiling was connected to an overlying concrete slab by proprietary fixings which may not have been suitable for that application. It appeared to the reporter that the responsibility for selecting the fixings was unclear.
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Surveys by the Construction Fixing’s Association have also revealed that a number of structural fixing details are changed on site without the involvement of the designer (see the 15th SCOSS Biennial Report). The design and installation of fixings should be properly assigned.