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

    • Industry not reacting to failures

    Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the reporter has personally experienced clients and contractors putting money before safety, and consultants giving poor advice on fire related issues.

    • Defects in tapered thread reinforcement bars for coupling

    Representatives of both the reinforcement and coupler manufacturers inspected reinforcement bars on site and confirmed that they were defective and were unlikely to provide the required tensile capacity when connected.

    • Swapping insulation behind cladding without adjusting details

    A reporter is concerned that insulation behind cladding is being swapped without a full appreciation of the implications.

    • Failure of waling beam connected to raking prop

    A reporter witnessed a failure on site as a result of the design issues discussed in CROSS report 298 Props to large excavations.

    • Contractor uses incorrect fixing bolts for masonry support angles

    A correspondent noticed that proprietary masonry support angles specified to support the outer leaf of masonry had been incorrectly connected to the steel beam using carriage bolts.

    • Retaining wall excavation collapse

    A 6m deep excavation formed for constructing a retaining wall collapsed due to insufficient propping.

    • Large stone panel falls from building facade

    A large stone panel detached from a second floor beam and fell to the ground, narrowly missing a group of school children.

     

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    Posted on 6th August 2019

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    Posted on 30th July 2019

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    Posted on 28th July 2019

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    Posted on 25th July 2019

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    Posted on 25th July 2019

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

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    Untrained workers using chain saw engaged to fell large sycamore

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

    LANDLORD PUT PUBLIC AT RISK FROM ASBESTOS

    Powered jet washing of asbestos cement sheets caused spread

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

    WORKMAN FELL FROM SUSPENDED ACCESS EQUIPMENT

    Health Board and maintenance firm director prosecuted

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

    CONSIDERING TEMP WORKS IN PERMANENT DESIGN

    Useful overview for civil and structural engineers on contemporary practice

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

    FIRM FAILED TO COMPLY WITH SITE WELFARE NOTICE

    Basic welfare requirements found wanting for second time

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

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    Workman lost three fingers using machine without guard and riving knife

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    Worktop manufacturer failed to control dust and manage ventilation

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    Posted on 23rd July 2019

    ASBESTOS REMOVED WITHOUT SURVEY OR CONTROLS

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    Posted on 15th July 2019
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