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Structural-Safety is the group name for SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety) and CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). The objective of Structural-Safety is to promote the safety of structures in the UK construction industry and elsewhere by obtaining, distributing and analysing safety-related reports which might not otherwise be available whilst at all times keeping the identity of the reporter confidential.

In using this website you accept the objectives of Structural-Safety, SCOSS and CROSS and undertake not to use the information contained on this website in a manner inconsistent with those objectives.


Structural-Safety makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this website is accurate. However SCOSS cannot accept any liability for the accuracy or content. Visitors who rely on this information do so at their own risk. This website contains links to other websites. Structural-Safety accepts no responsibility or liability in respect of the operation and/or content of other websites linked to this website.

At any time Structural-Safety may without notice modify these Conditions and where this is the case will place the new version on the website. Your continued use of the website constitutes your agreement to these modified terms and conditions. Structural-Safety makes no representation that any Content of this website is suitable for use outside of the UK and access to it from territories where the Content is illegal is prohibited. If you choose to access this website from outside the UK you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. 

Any failure by Structural-Safety to exercise any right under these Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right unless formally waived in writing. 

English law governs these Conditions and your use of this website and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.



The material featured on this site is subject to copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The copyright protected material (other than logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified. 

The permission to reproduce material does not extend to anything on this site identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned. 

The copying and use of the Structural-Safety logo and other Structural-Safety related logos including SCOSS and CROSS is not permitted without prior approval of Structural-Safety.


Structural-Safety makes every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for users to run an anti virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. Structural-Safety cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material off this web site.


This statement covers the services provided by the Structural-Safety web site. The Data Controller for this web site is Structural-Safety. The purpose of this statement is to inform users of the Structural-Safety web site, which is managed by Structural-Safety, about the information that is collected from them when they visit this site, how this information is used, if it is disclosed and the ways in which we protect users' privacy.


The Data Protection Act 1998 establishes rights for individuals who disclose their personal information - where personal information is widely defined - to any organisation for any purposes involving processing of that information. Any organisation which processes information about living individuals is a data controller for the purposes of the Act; that is a person who determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are to be, processed. A data controller is required by the Act to ensure that the data subject has, is provided with, or has made readily available to him certain specified information, including the data controller's identity, the identity of any other person to whom he may disclose the information, and the purpose or purposes for which the data are intended to be processed. 

The data controller in relation to this web site is Structural-Safety. The purposes for which the data are intended to be processed are as follows: 

1. Comments, questions and feedback
If you send an enquiry by e-mail to either a specific contact or a general enquiry address identified on the Structural-Safety web site, we will only use your personal details obtained from your enquiry to respond to your query or improve the site. In some instances, it may not be possible for Structural-Safety to provide the information requested directly. In such circumstances we may pass your enquiry to a Structural-Safety contact so that they can fulfil your information request. In either case we shall delete your personal data once we have acknowledged your comment, responded to your request or passed it on to another contact. 

2. E-mail services sign up
If you sign up to receive e-mail services which may be offered, such as CROSS and SCOSS publications, we will use the information you give us to provide the service(s) you have requested. We may occasionally contact subscribers to help us evaluate and improve the service that we offer. We will hold the information you have provided for as long as you require access to the service requested. If you inform us that you wish to cancel a subscription, we will remove you from our mailing list and your details will be deleted from our records. 

3. Site usage information i) Cookies Cookies are pieces of data often created when you visit a web site and are stored in the cookie directory of your own computer. Cookies do not create a record on Structural-Safety 's website or the computers on which it is mounted and thus they do not contain any personal information about you, nor can they be used to identify individual users. ii) Log files Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. Structural-Safety puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use solely to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information on it, based on the way that visitors navigate around it. Log files are records of the visits made to the site from e-mail addresses and thus effectively contain personal information about you, areas in which you have expressed an interest, and so on. We do not make any other use of this personal information, nor do we pass it on to any other organisation.


As a data subject, you have various rights under the Act, including a right of access to any personal data being held about you by Structural-Safety or as data controller. SCOSS will supply you with details of personal data we are holding about you if you submit a request ("subject access request") to the structures@structural-safety.org e-mail account.


If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regular updating of this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.


The Freedom of Information Act (FIA) applies to government departments' right across the public sector and some private sector organisations carrying out duties on behalf of government, including the privatised utilities. 

Structural-Safety  is an independent body and does not possess any executive powers granted by statute or otherwise, it exists merely to provide a safety information service to and on behalf of the structural and civil engineering communities. The FIA therefore does not apply to Structural-Safety.


For further help about this web site please contact the webmaster alastair.soane@structural-safety.org


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