Poor, high-water content excavated material, slipped into a 15-20m deep borrow pit. The material had slipped to the bottom of the pit partially burying excavation, crushing and screening equipment. If this slip had occurred during working hours, the impact could have been very serious.
This report highlights that the extensive use of combustible materials in the construction of balconies can result in fire spread over the external wall to an extent which is inadequate for building safety, even buildings less than 18m.
This report concerns the modelling of joints when using computer programs. In some cases, engineers are applying rotational releases to joints in models but subsequently designing the connections as rigid. This leaves a fundamental mismatch between analysis and design which may lead to unsafe structural connections argues a reporter.
A reporter raises a point about the provision of fire extinguishers in the common parts of flats. They go on to say that extinguishers should be provided in some cases, to cover identified risks, but that they are not specified due to cost savings pressures and assessor unawareness.
The number of failures of heat-soaked toughened glass leads to a finding that the glass produced by some processors has not been properly heat-soaked and is therefore much more likely to shatter in use.
A Building Control Officer is disquieted by the quality of a design submission and the respective approach of a fire engineer in assessing structural fire matters.
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