Bill Hewlett appointed Chairman of SCOSS
Bill Hewlett, MA FICE CEng FIET, has been appointed Chairman of SCOSS.
SCOSS, the Standing Committee on Structural Safety, is an independent body supported by The Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Health and Safety Executive to maintain a continuing review of building and civil engineering matters affecting the safety of structures.
Bill is currently Technical Director of Costain Group. From 2009 - 2013 he served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2011 joined the SCOSS Committee. He takes a close interest in the education and formation of engineers, with a particular focus on hazard awareness and engineering risk management. As part of his role he will also be involved with CROSS, the Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) scheme.
“I am delighted to accept the role as Chairman of SCOSS, whose work is important in alerting the construction industry to the reasons for failures and collapses, and providing advice on how these can be avoided in future - a unique and invaluable service.
“As Chair I shall be looking to build on the work done by my predecessors to improve and expand the operation so that the safety and reliability of structures and infrastructure are enhanced. A part of this will be to expand the scope so that there is greater engagement at all levels within the industry through education and encouragement; in particular I shall be seeking a greater engagement with the contracting side of the industry, and especially SMEs.
“I would encourage anyone in the construction industry to participate in the scheme by signing up for our newsletters, and most importantly by reporting their own experiences of structural safety. Reporting via CROSS is fully confidential and serves to bring about hugely beneficial change. Please visit our website to learn more."