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Speaking out for safety NCE highlights the proposals for a confidential reporting system intended to improve structural safety. Technical editor Dave Parker, a member of the working party that came up

Structural failure is very rare. Most cases are down to explosion, earthquake or external impact. Very, very few structures collapse as a result of the incompetence or negligence of the civil or structural engineers responsible for their design, construction and maintenance. But, even though the risk of death from structural failure is on a par with the threat posed by disgruntled bees, public tolerance of such incidents is virtually zero.

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