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518 Fibrous Plaster Ceiling Features

This recent report of a serious concern about an old fibrous plaster ceiling has similarities to the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse in London in December 2013.It is thought that complete collapse was averted by the arched shape of the trough section and that if the ceiling was flat, prior collapse would have occurred.

423 Temporary works design for basements

A reporter had an inquiry from a Contractor who, after appointment, discovered that there was a serious lack of temporary works design information (surveys/loads/wall thicknesses, sequencing, in principle method statement regarding the party walls).

Current matters
under consideration

  • High strength steels
  • Wind problems in city centre construction
  • Weather damage to buildings
  • Fibrous plaster ceilings
  • Hazard identification
  • Smaller site operations

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



July 2015 CROSS Newsletter No 39 published

Structural-Safety Group Review 2014 published

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