Author: J. Banks
1 March 2017
First published: 1 March 2017
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In the third note in this series, David Shields provides a brief guide to the formation of a professional services contract and the obligations this entails.
A review of CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety) and press reports suggests that lack of stability during construction is a prime cause of accidents. In May 2016, the centre section of a new elevating bridge at Barton on the Manchester inner ring road in northwest England collapsed while being tested. The failure can be viewed online. While the cause has not yet been published, it is clear that the lifting process was uncontrolled. Other reports in CROSS discuss concerns about the stability of steel frames during concreting.
In the second of two articles examining temporary works failures, Director of Structural-Safety, Alastair Soane, considers why failures occur and what steps can be taken to reduce the risk of catastrophic events.