CROSS Safety Report
Safety issues with partly demolished site
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Safety issues arose after a city centre development site was left partly demolished due to delays and a change of ownership.
Key Learning Outcomes
For clients and construction professionals:
- Measures should be put in place to ensure any site that is partly demolished is made safe if there are programme delays and there is a potential risk to public safety
For all built environment professionals:
If you notice a potential safety issue not during the course of your work, consider reporting it to the owner
If the owner is not known, then the appropriate regulator could be informed
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Existing buildings on a city centre site were partly demolished to make way for a new development. Parts of the structure were retained to be incorporated into the new works. The work was delayed, and ownership changed. Over a period of six months, three separate issues were reported to the local authority.
Firstly, a flue cowl had come loose and was wedged precariously in a gutter, secondly pieces of a stone cornice were crumbling and fell to the street, and lastly a piece of temporary roof covering came loose and fell to the street striking a passer-by.
It was clear that the site had not been properly supervised and maintained, and that the temporary works were not designed to be left for this period without maintenance and inspection.
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