CROSS Safety Report
Design of timber structures
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An approximate design led to a timber roof deflecting considerably.
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This report demonstrates the importance of design calculations being checked by a competent and experienced engineer
It is important to recognise and know the boundaries of your expertise and work within the limits of your competence
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On the subject of timber, an engineer was reported to have applied an approximate design to an ‘A’ frame hall roof. This did not take account of the local bending and as a result the roof deflected so much that the structure was near to collapse in dead load state.
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CROSS has already commented on the lack of skill evidenced on some timber designs and this must be addressed
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