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STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY WARNING TO ENGINEERS

Olympics and other events prompt SCOSS alert on temporary structures

The collapse of temporary stage structures in the USA and in Europe during entertainment 2011 events resulted in fatalities and numerous injuries.

The causes of the collapses have not yet been published although wind has initially been reported as a contributory cause. The temporary structures involved appear to be similar to those which may be used in the UK.

Upcoming events demand ‘vigilance’ by engineers

In 2012 there will be many temporary structures erected in the UK to coincide with the Olympic Games, the Queen’s Jubilee, and other major events, and engineers associated with these must be vigilant in ensuring that there are no unacceptable risks to workers, performers, or the public.

The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) has therefore issued Alert on Temporary Stage Structures alert aimed at those who may commission or procure or licence temporary stages and other temporary structures, for example large outdoor TV screens, which offer potential risks to the public. 

These may include owners of sites and venues, promoters, contractors and their designers, local authority licensing officers and building control officers, and insurers. SCOSS has previously issued Alerts on failures of temporary structures.

The structural-safety web site combining CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety) has newsletters, a data base of reports, information on how to report, Alerts and other publications.

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