Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 May 2013
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Could the 30 year failure cycle evident in speciﬁc bridge failures be coincidence or something more? Sean Brady looks at the technical and human aspects of this unfortunate trend.
Between 55,000 and 70,000 construction workers are believed to incur musculoskeletal injuries each year in the UK. These cover back and upper/lower limb disorders. This short article provides some basic advice for safer manual handling.
There have been several recent cases of houses being destroyed following gas leaks. The fact that such incidents fail to raise much alarm shows how common they are. Yet there should be no complacency, since one of the most infamous failures of recent history, Ronan Point, was initiated by a domestic leak and subsequent ignition that blew out one supporting panel in the system-built block of flats. Gas leaks and their consequences should therefore be one of the standard hazards considered in any risk assessment.