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597 Inadequate structural design at a school

On review of a design for a school extension a reporter noted several major issues including an almost total lack of vertical bracing throughout the extension, and a total lack of roof bracing in the hall.

574 Responsibilities for hybrid concrete construction

There was a report about a problem during the construction of a hybrid concrete over-bridge. A substantial pre-cast element, weighing over 10t, had been placed in position and used as part of the shuttering for an insitu pour. During the pour the element was pushed out of alignment by the pressure of wet concrete and there was a substantial spillage onto an operating area below.

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Weather damage to buildings and related infrastructure - see What to report

  • Extreme rainfall
  • Flood (including tidal and surge effects)
  • Freezing temperatures
  • Ground movement (including earthquakes and sink holes)
  • High temperatures
  • Snow/sleet/hail/ice/lightning
  • Combinations

Reports on these subjects are sought, as well as on any other concerns.




November 2016 SCOSS Alert PV Installations: structural aspects published

October 2016 CROSS Newsletter No 44 published 

We depend on individuals and firms participating by sending reports of their experiences and concerns in confidence to Structural-Safety. The names of reporters are never revealed and only the technical aspects that could help structural engineers are published. 

If you have an experience that could be useful to others please contribute by sending a report to www.structural-safety.org/confidential-reporting/.


Structural-Safety works with the professions, industry and government on safety matters concerned with the design, construction and use of building and civil engineering structures. It:

  • collects confidential data on the concerns of structural and civil engineers and others
  • provides comments in relation to these concerns
  • maintains a data base of reports and publications
  • collects data from public sources on failures, collapses and relevant incidents
  • considers whether unacceptable risk exists, or might arise in the future
  • promotes a positive attitude to learning from experience
  • influences change to improve structural safety
  • collects data on weather related damage to structures.

Weather damage reports

Severe weather events have caused extensive damage and disruption to infrastructure and buildings with serious consequences for many. Creating a record of damage to buildings and structures has the support of DCLG and other government agencies in the UK to help formulate long term strategies for the Building Regulations. The CROSS system will be used for collecting and processing information and has been adapted to gather the data needed. More informaqtion here.

It is recognised that climate change is having effects which may manifest themselves in weather events that result in damage. This study is not concerned with the reasons for climate change but only whether the consequences might lead to changes in regulations and practices.

We are therefore interested in damage caused to buildings and building related infrastructure by weather events. These can be sudden actions such as tornadoes or lightning strikes, or longer term events such as floods. The aim is to gather information that can be used to assess the capability of our buildings to withstand the weather patterns that may be becoming more common. Reports can be made here.


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