CROSS-UK Newsletter 62 has been published and includes expert comment on fire and structural safety reports.
Composite deck boards in common access balconies
A reporter informs CROSS that decking boards formed of a composite material contributed to external fire development in a block of flats and rendered the means of escape and firefighting access unusable.
Brick slips falling from height
A reporter describes cases of brick slips falling from height due to adhesive failures and considers that there is a danger to the public.
Fire compartmentation detailing issues
Two reports have been received concerning fire compartmentation detailing issues; one on the incorrect installation of fire batts and the other on the incorrect use of intumescent material.
Structural corrosion in a swimming pool building causes concern
A survey showed severe corrosion of previously repaired steelwork columns adjacent to a public swimming pool.
Safety of structures in the climate emergency
In the current climate emergency and the race to achieve zero emissions, we must ensure our structures remain safe as we develop and implement any climate-motivated innovation or change of approach.
Specification issue with steel hollow sections
A reporter raises concerns after their structural engineer had failed to specify the steel grade used in the design for hollow sections on two projects.
Professional indemnity insurance issues raise safety concerns
Several reporters have raised concerns in relation to significant cost increases and the introduction of new restrictions on professional indemnity insurance (PII) policies.
IStructE strengthen CPD guidance on structural safety
John Veares, Chair of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Professional Development Panel, introduces the changes that the IStructE have made to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) reporting on structural safety.
Potentially unsafe software design for steel beams
A steel beam design package makes simplified assumptions that may carry risks if not used by competent engineers.
Fire safety concern over green walls
This report discusses how building close down procedures that include isolating automated water systems might result in the drying out of green walls, thus presenting a significant fire hazard in external walls.
Unsafe excavation practices
A builder undermined the existing footing of a masonry wall without being aware of the risks.
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