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

    •  Quality of design and construction of a major bridge structure

    This report concerns the design and installation of the bridge bearing zones on a new precast pre-stressed reinforced concrete viaduct.

    •  Street sign collapse causes fatality

    This report highlights the potential dangers of street signs on fixed vertical supports subject to wind loading.

    • Casting, transporting and installing precast concrete kerbs

    The construction consisted of precast concrete robust kerbs to contain the permanent way for railway lines.

    • Collapse of lifting tackle connected by threaded bar

    No one was struck or injured when a set of 3T chain blocks and a 1m length of 20mm diameter threaded bar fell from a height of 5m, according to a reporter.

    • Collapse of glass balustrade from feature staircase in public building

    A reporter investigated an incident where a glass balustrade panel fell vertically from a ‘feature’ staircase in a public building.

    • Unsafe removal of some internal walls

    A reporter was requested to advise on the removal of some internal walls in a decades’ old multi storey block of council flats constructed from mostly in-situ concrete and brick/block.

    • Add-on roof truss failure

    Visiting a property for an unrelated matter, a reporter spotted something odd about the roof; the gable had bulged one end and movement had clearly occurred.

    Call for CROSS Reports

    CROSS depends on individuals and firms participating by sending reports of safety issues they have experienced in confidence to CROSS.

     

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