The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 67 (1989) > Issues > Issue 21 > Cladding Safety - Investigation and Feedback
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Cladding Safety - Investigation and Feedback

From the point of view of structural safety, the principal hazard for cladding in its many forms and various materials is that it can and sometimes has fallen off buildings. The extent of the risk depends on the number of people below at any time and also on the characteristics of the cladding itself. Fortunately, the incidence of death or serious injury from this cause has been small to date, but whenever failures do occur and public safety is threatened, there is serious recrimination against those involved in design, construction or maintenance.