This joint presentation from Structural-Safety and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will discuss the importance of learning lessons from structural failures and why these lessons must be re-learned by each generation to prevent similar occurrences happening again.
The event will be followed by the London Young Members Group Annual General Meeting to discuss opportunities to get involved and positions for the 2019 Executive Committee.
Reception nibbles will be available from 18:00, for a prompt 18:30 start. The event will be followed by food and drinks at the Institution.
HM Principal Inspector, HSE
After graduating in 1984, Jan worked both for consultants and a contractor before joining the HSE in 2002. As one of HSE's Specialist Inspectors, he fulfills a number of roles including giving technical advice to inspectors, assisting on complex investigations, training inspectors, reviewing evidence gathered to produce independent reports for Court and giving expert evidence in Crown Courts.
Jan will introduce the difference between the civil and criminal courts, the relevance of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to designers, HSE's role (both proactive and reactive) and will then present some examples of things going wrong, both in design and on site.
Senior Engineer, Structural-Safety
Paul is a Senior Engineer at Structural-Safety, the organisation which encompasses SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety) and CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). He has extensive design and assessment experience in structural engineering, including completing a PhD on an innovative arch bridge design and working in consultancy as a structural engineer in both the offshore oil and gas industry and the onshore buildings industry.
Paul will discuss the importance of learning lessons from structural failures and why these lessons must be re-learned by each generation to prevent similar occurrences happening again. Examples of major safety incidents, such as the collapse of a steel frame building in London and the collapse of a masonry wall at a school in Edinburgh will be discussed. Structural-Safety operate CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety), a confidential reporting scheme for safety matters concerned with the design, construction and use of structures. The presentation will discuss the benefits of this scheme and will include examples of how CROSS reports are used by Structural-Safety to influence change in the industry.
This event is a great opportunity for structural engineers and others working in the construction industry to reflect on how robust their organisations are at preventing structural failures.