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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. 50 has been published and contains expert comment from the CROSS Panel on the reports below

    • Combustible insulation in rainscreen cladding

    Whilst walking past a tall residential building being constructed in the UK, a reporter observed the facade build-up to consist of combustible insulation with a rainscreen cladding.

    • Building extension causes snow drifting failure

    The reporter feels that structural engineers are failing to realise the implications of creating a valley or an upstand and are failing to check existing structural elements including foundations for the increased load.

    • Lack of masonry wall ties

    A reporter states that they have come across the presence of serious defects in masonry construction in the past and have no doubt that many other engineers have had similar experiences.

    • Inadequate design of cantilever glass barriers

    A reporter has observed a growing number of cases where cantilever glass balustrades in public buildings are, in their view, designed inadequately.

    • Corrosion causes collapse of steel floodlight mast at football club

    This is an Alert that was issued by a Local Authority responsible for enforcing the Safety of Sports Grounds Act after a floodlighting mast collapsed at a football club’s ground.

    • Common use of S235 cold rolled steel instead of S355 hot rolled steel

    It has come to a reporter’s attention that some local fabricators are purchasing S235 cold rolled hollow sections rather than the specified S355 hot rolled sections, as they are easier and cheaper to obtain.

    • Contractor installs incorrect steel grade

    A reporter came across an issue where the fabricator had used cold formed S235 commodity steel SHS rather than the specified hot formed S275 structural steel SHS.

    • Architect conducts structural design of sway frame for domestic project

    A reporter looked at a project recently where the drawings had been produced by the architect, including a structural design.

    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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