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Highways Agency adopts Cross reporting system

The Highways Agency has this week begun adopting Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (Cross) into its procedures.

The Agency is working in partnership with the ICE’s Standing Committee on Structural Safety (Scoss) confidential reporting scheme - Cross - to report any safety concerns or near misses on their network.

It has issued an Interim Advice Note detaling the newly-adopted procedures. Reports will be submitted through the Agency’s website but will link back to Cross database.

The Agency is interested any failures, collapses or concerns about any part of the construction process, on all of its construction sites. The Agency is also interested which may not have been formally investigated.

“It’s a valuable new source of reports,” said Cross director Alistair Soane. “It enhances the credibilitity of Cross with backing from a major Government agency.”

Soane hopes this could be a model for use with other agencies.

Scoss is an independent body supported by the ICE, Institution of Structural Engineers and the Health & Safety Executive and identifies trends and developments which might affect structural safety.

Scoss set up the Cross service in 2005 to enable engineers to confidentially report on past experiences of faults, deficiencies and potential disasters on projects.

It has struggled to gain widespread regonition with a Ciria survey last year revealing that 62% of respondents were unaware of the Cross service.

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