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Structures experts issue warning ahead of Olympic year

The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (Scoss) has today issued a safety alert regarding temporary structures for the year of the Olympics in the aftermath of a spate of such structures collapsing last year.

Major temporary stage collapses in the US, Canada and Europe prompted Scoss to issue the alert in anticipation of the number large of temporary structures likely to be erected this year for the London 2012 Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

Scoss is calling for extra vigilance when designing and using temporary structures because they could involve similar designs to the stages that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in the USA and at a Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium which left 10 people dead and dozens more injured. Scoss is an independent body supported by the ICE, Institution of Structural Engineers and the Health & Safety Executive.

The warning is targeted at bodies, such as the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog), that may use temporary structures, such as outdoor TV screens, which could cause risk to the public.

Scoss calls for engineers associated with temporary structure design and erection to be vigilant in ensuring there are no “unacceptable risks” to workers, performers or the public. Following the spate catastrophic collapses last summer, structures experts told NCE that the UK was likely to seek a review into its procedures and codes for temporary structures.

The alert can be read here.

 

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