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What is CROSS-SA?

CROSS-SA (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety Southern Africa) is a confidential reporting scheme established in Southern Africa to capture and share lessons learned from structural safety issues which might not otherwise have had public recognition, with the aim of preventing future failures.

Analysis of the reported safety issues can provide insight into how the safety concerns or events occurred and spur the development of measures to improve safety.

CROSS-SA is the only independent organisation for collecting and publishing structural safety related reports in Southern Africa.

It is the first of an international model of CROSS - recieving and dealing with confidential reports in Southern Africa, which encompasses the Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia.

The implentation of CROSS-SA is an initiative of the Joint Structural Division of The Institution of Structural Engineers and the South African Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Why is CROSS-SA confidential?

A confidential system allows safety issues to be reported while avoiding potential concerns, including being reprimanded or disciplined for actions that led to the safety issue, pressure from co-workers to keep quiet, possibly affecting professional membership, loyalty to client/employer or being concerned about insurance issues.

The confidential reporting techniques used by CROSS-SA were first developed by NASA for the aviation industry in the USA.

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.

Who can submit a report to CROSS-SA?

Reports are welcome from anyone involved in the buildings and civil engineering industry, including structural engineers, civil engineers, designers, contractors, clients, inspectors, maintenance and operation teams, project managers, local authorities, statutory authorities and government.

Reports are also welcome from others who have an interest in structural safety.

Why should I submit a report to CROSS-SA?

Have you or a colleague ever learned a lesson from reading a CROSS-SA report which has improved the safety of the projects you are involved in? Well, that was only possible because someone, just like you, decided to submit a report to CROSS so that others could learn from their experience.

Do you know of a safety trend in the industry but can’t quantify it? Or maybe there is a safety issue which has not been spotted yet. Submitting reports to CROSS-SA helps to identify and quantify trends in the industry.

CROSS-SA depend on individuals and organisations to submit reports in confidence of safety issues which they have experienced.

More details or to submit a report to CROSS-SA?

For more details, visit our Confidential Reporting page, or to submit a report, vist our Submit Report page.

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