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682 Polyethylene core cladding panels used on residential high rise building

A reporter is writing as a precautionary measure following the Grenfell Tower Fire to say that a similar type of rainscreen panel, ie a polyethylene core with metal skin, was used at a residential tower block which they visited in 2011. It is believed that this block is privately owned so would not necessarily be picked up in a review of buildings owned by local authorities and housing associations.

664 Steel canopy collapse during building completion works

During the construction of a new school, a long span steel truss failed, resulting in the collapse of a canopy.

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Topics:

  • Quality of construction
  • Fire in buildings
  • Quality of supervision on site
  • Use of Resident Engineers
  • Robustness
  • Weather damage to buildings

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

Recent Publications from CROSS International Partners

Recent publications from CROSS International partners include:

July 2020                CROSS-UK Newsletter 59

March 2020            CROSS-US Newsletter 1

February 2020        CROSS-AUS Newsletter 3

January 2020         CROSS-UK Newsletter 57

 

CROSS-SA learning from lockdown: structural safety hazards from COVID-19

CROSS-SA would welcome your reports on new structural safety hazards arising from these or other consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic; your reports will help us learn for the future.

Safety hazards might be in the present during lockdown, be in the future as we hopefully get back to normal afterwards or become embedded in the built fabric and give problems in years to come. What are you finding that we should learn from as a result of:

  • concerns about designs, checks or quality assurance;
  • works suspended, sites closed, structures left part-built;
  • revised work methods or changed supervision practice that have knock-on effects to structural safety;
  • consequences of 24/7 higher occupation of residential buildings during lockdown;
  • consequences of vacancy of non-residential buildings, or non-use of other structural assets;
  • postponement or curtailing of safety or inspections or maintenance activity;
  • loss of look, see, touch, feel - the intuitive engagement with hazard, risk and early warning signs;
  • other responses to this terrible crisis.

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CROSS-SA

CROSS-SA (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety Southern Africa) depends on individuals and firms participating by sending reports of their experiences and concerns on structural safety in confidence to CROSS-SA.

The reporter’s personal information and any identifiable details, such as a project, product, individual or organisation, are completely confidential to CROSS-SA and are not shared with anyone.

Visit our Confidential Reporting page to find out more about our scheme or if you have an experience that could be useful to others, please contribute by submitting a report.

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