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    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    SCOSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

    The Structural-Safety web site combining CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety) issues regular newsletters and includes a data base of reports, alerts and other publications.

    Newsletter No 42 has now been published and contains reports and expert comment on the following matters:

    • Bridge wing wall collapse

    The masonry wing wall of a bridge fell as a single section and came to rest against an adjacent pile. Although the roles and responsibilities placed on individuals on site was clear, there was a lack of direction on who held ultimate responsibility for identifying the need for temporary works.

    • Incentivising Safe Behaviour Through Standard Agendas

    A reporter was investigating a ‘near miss’ involving concrete construction in which pre-cast and in-situ concrete were used in combination. This type of construction offers efficiencies and, as in this instance, can reduce the number of man-hours worked at height. It does however bring its own risks, and these need to be understood.

    • Sudden hole in piling mat

    The reporter says that whilst digging a trench a 450mm diameter hole appeared in the pile mat about 0.5m from the guide wall. As the grab was being lowered into the 55m deep trench, bentonite from the wall panel gushed out from the hole.

    • Installation of PV panels

    A reporter’s firm used to carry out design work for installers of PV panels, many on domestic roofs. Unfortunately, because the market was buoyant, many ‘engineers’ entered the market and drove the prices for assessments down by undertaking far less rigorous analysis, and suggesting that far fewer fixings were adequate.

    • Lifting large double glazing unit

    Inadequate instructions were provided by a double glazing pane supplier on how to lift and move their product, supplied on a flatbed truck, off the truck and onto the works.

    • Stored glazing panels

    A reporter has been undertaking facade inspections for insurers across many buildings in the UK and the same issue keeps appearing on every site; glazing is not individually tied back to storage frames or to a secure place when being stored.

    • Falling lath and plaster ceiling

    A 100 year old lath and plaster ceiling in a shop unit collapsed in part, injuring the shop keeper.

    • Bearings

    A reporter says that the long term characteristics and behaviour of bearings are often underestimated.

     

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