Skip to main content

CROSS Safety Alert

Snow loading on buildings

Region: CROSS-UK, CROSS-AUS, CROSS-US Published: 1 February 2010


In 2010 there was heavy snow in many parts of the UK, but particularly in Scotland, where a number of buildings, mainly agricultural, collapsed under the weight of snow (up to 1.2m in some cases).

Action is in hand in Scotland (2010) to collate data via the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers and the Scottish Agricultural College thus allowing an analysis of current design provisions.

Note: this Safety Alert was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

Who should read this?

Those engaged in the design and construction of agricultural buildings in regions that may be subject to high snowfall. These include farmers, designers, fabricators, and local authority Building Control.

Submit a report

Your report will make a difference. It will help to create positive change and improve safety.

Our secure and confidential safety reporting system gives professionals the opportunity to share their experiences to help others.