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Climbing crowds risk lives - CROSS


CELEBRATIONS FOLLOWING England's Ashes win and Liverpool's triumph in the European Cup could easily have ended in tragedy, engineers warned last week.

Spectators at both events crowded onto roofs to watch the winning teams parade in open-top buses, without fully appreciating the risks.

The warning comes in the fi st newsletter to be published by the Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) scheme last week.

The newsletter contains reports of near misses and accidents to help engineers assess risks in future.

Roofs and parapets are not designed to take such loads, says CROSS, and the potential for disastrous collapse was very real.

CROSS did not identify which victory parade was reported to it, as all reports are disidentified before they are passed on to the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS).

However, both high-profile events bore similarities to those described in the report.

Other key reports included the non-fatal collapses of a flat roof with blocked drainage outlets and of a heavy ceiling in an 'entertainment building', owing to the inappropriate choice of fixings.

INFOPLUS To access the report go to www. scoss. org. uk/cross

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