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524 Spalling concrete falling from motorway bridge

An incident occurred at a motorway overbridge resulting in a piece of spalling concrete falling onto the carriageway and striking a vehicle. This resulted in minor injuries to the driver. It is understood that the concrete which fell was no greater than 50 - 60mm in size and had spalled from an area of previously repaired concrete.

479 Dangerous alterations

The structure of an existing building is being replaced, but the facade retained. The construction method was to create a new frame within the existing, with columns punching through the existing slab. An existing beam had been left simply supported, with no continuity over the columns.

Current matters
under consideration

  • High strength steels
  • Wind problems in city centre construction - Alert to be published in December
  • Weather damage to buildings and infrastructure - see What to report
  • Fibrous plaster ceilings
  • Hazard identification
  • Smaller site operations

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



October 2015 CROSS Newsletter No 40 published

Structures at the end of their design life published

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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.

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