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Newsletter No 53 - January 2019

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Report Overview

In December 2018 the Government issued a Building Safety Update on their ongoing actions following the Grenfell Tower fire. This includes an implementation plan to ensure people who live in residential high-rise buildings are safe and feel safe, now and in the future. Amongst the actions are: • A more effective regulatory and accountability framework: Addressing Dame Judith Hackitt’s finding that the regulatory framework around the construction, maintenance and ongoing use of multi-occupied, high-rise residential buildings was not fit for purpose, the implementation plan outlines how the Government intends to create a stronger and more effective regulatory framework. • Driving culture change and a more responsible industry: The implementation plan sets out measures to work with industry to drive culture change to increase responsibility for building safety, including by improving competence of those undertaking building work. • The Government will take action to support industry as it leads the way, championing the efforts of those who are doing the right thing and challenging those who have further to go. Structural-Safety welcomes this commitment to reinforce safety in High Rise Residential Buildings and is working with Government to help realise these goals. Ultimately, they should apply to all occupied buildings. In this Newsletter are examples from several sectors about how safety can be improved and, as ever, more contributions and examples will be welcome.

Overview of Reports in this Newsletter

802 Fixing brackets for glazing systems

A reporter's organisation has been alerted to several cases of broken glass panels in a canopy at a transportation facility.

741 Dangerous glass infill panels on balustrade

A reporter expressed their concern about the structural stability of cantilever glass infill panels between a steel post and hand rail balustrade system at a high-level apartment block.

298 Props to large excavations

A correspondent is concerned about the design of propping to large excavations and particularly about the design of the connections for a raking prop to a horizontal waler.

796 Bridge bearing design and installation – more

A reporter says that the issue of successful co-ordination between designers, contractors and specialist bearing suppliers is one they have experienced.

684 Remoteness of contacts and lack of supervision

A correspondent has been thinking about the problem of lack of supervision in construction generally and has come to the conclusion that this is all part of a wider problem, namely the general remoteness of many things.

761 Major UK steel manufacturer talks about steel substitution

A correspondent is concerned that cold formed S235 steel is being used in place of hot formed S355 steel, as this can have dangerous implications.

757 Lack of method statements on domestic projects

A reporter has observed that where an opening is being formed on domestic properties for, say a rear extension, that the builders tend to remove the masonry and follow up with the temporary propping.

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