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    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS 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.

    CROSS Newsletter No 49 has been published and contains reports and expert comment on:

    • General fire safety in residential blocks

    A reporter discusses fire safety issues discovered during investigations of building defects in residential blocks.

    • Fire safety in high rise residential blocks – service ducts

    The risk of spread of smoke, hot gases and flames due to deficiencies in service ducts is an important subject that needs detailed investigation.

    • The role of District Surveyors

    Under the London Building Acts 1930, says a reporter, District Surveyors were appointed to supervise construction and enforce regulations. It seems to the reporter that a similar system is now required.

    • Dangerous balcony construction

    During an investigation of a balcony construction, a reporter discovered serious inadequacies related to total lack of co-ordination between sub-contract work packages coupled with lack of appropriate supervision.

    • Stability of existing structures impacting construction sites

    This report discusses the Client’s and Principal Contractor’s duties regarding the stability of existing structures on site, particularly those scheduled for demolition.

    • Concern about foundations to telecomms masts

    Whilst recognising the attractiveness and value that is offered to the industry a reporter writes about a potential safety problem with the design and construction of “root” foundations for telecomms poles.

    • Incomplete casting of composite brick/concrete parapets

    During a parapet raising scheme over a mainline railway, a void up to 300mm deep was identified below existing coping bed level.

    • Inadequate structural design for domestic properties

    A reporter has recently been asked to re-design several projects for domestic extensions/alterations, where two structural problems were found.

    More reports are needed so if you have an experience that could be useful to others please contribute.

    The Structural-Safety web site has Newsletters, a data base of reports, information on how to report, alerts and other publications.

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    MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE FIRM COMMITS TO ZERO HARM

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    Posted on 6th August 2018
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