Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Health and Safety Panel
1 May 2016
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The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Health and Safety Panel
The forces that may cause instability are often unclear, but as a general principle, anything in its temporary or permanent condition should be considered to have an applied horizontal force acting. For external structures, an obvious force is wind. A clear danger for internal structures is the absence of wind, which leads to the possibility that a destabilising force will be overlooked.
Sean Brady concludes his tale of the Panama Canal and looks ahead to the potential challenges of building the proposed Nicaragua Canal.
The series on professional indemnity claims from Griffiths & Armour moves on to examine useful defence arguments, beginning with complete defences.
Transport-related accidents are the second largest cause of injury in the workplace after falls from height. Every year in the UK, around 50 people are killed and 2000 seriously injured in such incidents in and around construction sites and other workplaces. This article considers the safety issues regarding both visitors to a construction site and staff employed full time on a site.