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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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    Posted on 3rd May 2020

    HSE WARN OF NEED FOR RPE FACE FIT TEST AND CHECK

    Incorrectly fitted RPE will not protect the wearer from dangers to health

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    Posted on 16th April 2020

    CORONA VIRUS: LATEST SITE OPERATING PROCEDURES

    Industry Bodies publish risk management guidance Version 3

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    Posted on 15th April 2020

    TOWER CRANE OUT OF SERVICE SAFETY ALERT

    Important advice from Construction Plant-hire Association and HSE

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    FRAGILE ROOF REPLACEMENT PUT WORKERS IN DANGER

    Measures to prevent falling from or through the roof were missing

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    WORKMAN FELL FROM EDGE OF MEZZANINE FLOOR

    Edge protection was absent and workman untrained for the task

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    HSE PLAN AND CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES 2020/21

    Appointed CDM 2015 Principal Designers remain focus of HSE inspections

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    COVID-19 ADVICE & GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION

    BuildUK support industry with advice, guidance and information

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    LATEST HSE CONVICTIONS AND NOTICES REGISTERS

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    Posted on 30th March 2020

    POORLY DESIGNED SCHOOL GATE CRUSHED CHILD

    Sliding gate over-run mechanism proved insufficiently robust

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    Posted on 9th March 2020

    POWER GENERATOR PROSECUTED OVER UNSAFE SYSTEM

    Maintenance workers seriously injured when energy suddenly released

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    Posted on 2nd March 2020

    CEILING BELOW SAVES WORKMAN IN ROOFLIGHT FALL

    Roofworker fell through roof after stepping on fragile rooflight

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    Posted on 2nd March 2020

    INEXPERIENCED WORKER FELL THROUGH OPENING

    No physical protection or warning of opening and fragile covering

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    Posted on 29th February 2020

    CDM PRINCIPAL DESIGNER IN COURT OVER FIRE RISK

    Designers and contractor prosecuted for risk management failings

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    Posted on 29th February 2020

    PRISON SENTENCE FOR RECALCITRANT DIRECTOR

    Prohibition and improvement notices ignored and danger persisted

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

    TEMPORARY WORKS HOARDING FELL ON PEDESTRIAN

    Member of the public struck when site fence collapsed suddenly

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

    CHILD FATALLY INJURED BY UNSECURED POLE

    Pole stored on embankment moved and trapped boy against fencing

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    Posted on 26th February 2020

    OWNER RESPONSE TO HSE INSPECTION ENDED IN COURT

    Police uphold HSE right to inspect without threats, aggression or abuse

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    Posted on 24th February 2020

    HSE TARGETING WELDING FUME CANCER RISK

    Inspections to enforce improved controls required by new risk evidence

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    Posted on 24th February 2020

    CONTRACTOR FAILED TO REPLACE MISSING PROTECTION

    Painter and decorator fractured hip in fall from landing

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    RISK OF DERMATITIS SUFFICIENT FOR PROSECUTION

    Company failed to implement controls and surveillance required by COSHH

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COSHH FAILINGS CAUSE ASTHMA AND PROVE COSTLY

    Uncontrolled exposure to isocyanates during paint spraying operations

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    POLICE EMPLOYEE SHOCKED BY DATA CABLE WORK

    South Wales Force fined over electric shock from ceiling void cable

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    COLLAPSE OF PUMP SET TRAPPED WORKMAN

    Unsafe system of work transferring from pallet to a raised platform

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    Posted on 18th February 2020

    MODIFIED PODIUM STEPS CAUSE FALL FROM HEIGHT

    Firm failed to select and correctly assemble with necessary training

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    Posted on 14th February 2020
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