Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 August 2016
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Normal glass breaks into shards, with obvious dangers. Laminated glass will also break, but the shards are held in place by the inner plastic layer. Toughened glass, too, will break, but it shatters into small pieces; hence its use in car windscreens.
This note focuses on a particular issue with toughened glass.
In this article, we summarise CROSS newsletter No. 43 from Structural-Safety. Reports include: - Lack of lateral stability in steel frame - Worker trapped in excavation - Fall of material from bridge soffit - Injuries from falling scaffold tube - Alterations of calculations on loft conversion that was already built - Balustrade testing - Local wind effects
This month’s article from Griffiths & Armour introduces readers to the principle of mediation and explains how the process works for a professional indemnity claim.
Common construction hazards This article considers safety hazards in construction (as opposed to health hazards, e.g. noise, vibration etc). Hazards are ‘something with the potential to cause harm’ and the corresponding risk incorporates ‘the likelihood of occurrence and the severity of the consequences’.