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437 Mobile message board in strong wind

A mobile variable message sign was set up on a hard standing away from the hard shoulder on a motorway and when the wind caught the sign it acted as a sail and moved across the lanes.

443 Post-fixed RC anchors - erroneous assumptions leading to unsafe design

Consultants on a recently finished project have reported that a number of steel to RC moment resisting connections were required. During construction the reporter became concerned and realised that several of the proposed fixings did not have the minimum concrete edge distance required and when these fixings were disregarded the software calculated that the design had only a small fraction of the required capacity.

Current matters
under consideration

  • Objects/components falling from buildings
  • Weather damage to buildings
  • Structures at the end of their design life
  • High strength steels

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



January 2015 CROSS Newsletter No 37 published

CIRIA - Structural Stability during Refurbishment

This project is supported by Structural-Safety and there will be Workshop events in: London on 22 April and Northampton on 13 May.

December 2014: Topic paper Elliot Mall Inquiry 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/ submit-report/.


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
  • helps to influence changes to improve structural safety.

Structural-Safety combines CROSS and SCOSS. Click here for more details.


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