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.
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