Making large screens structurally safe

This SCOSS paper gives advice on making large TV and video screens structurally safe.

making large screens structurally safe
making large screens structurally safe

This Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) paper gives advice on making large TV and video screens structurally safe.

Who wrote this?

SCOSS paper gives advice on making large TV and video screens structurally safe. SCOSS is an independent body established in 1976 to review building and civil engineering matters that affect the safety of structures. The sponsoring bodies are ICE, Institution of Structural Engineers and the Health and Safety Executive.

Why?

The IStructE task group on ‘Temporary Demountable Structures: Guidance on Procurement, Design and Use’ asked SCOSS to look at safety issues with inter-module fixings used on outdoor TV and video screens. This report also covers screens for events.

Who should read this?

Anyone involved in erecting large screens on temporary structures, especially those responsible for safety. This report was written after doing background research, a questionnaire and holding discussions with people working in the events industry.

Content

Detailed advice is included on screen assembly, support frameworks, procurement and management issues, and recommendations to increase structural risk awareness.

Conclusions:

  • Design is often fragmented to the detriment of safety
  • Design data (input and output) sometimes lacks clarity
  • Design sometimes lacks a single point of responsibility
  • Emergency procedures aren't always practical to do
  • Procurement is sometimes made (specifically in the public sector) by those who do not have knowledge and experience of events, who view things in isolation
  • Contractual arrangements sometimes lack written clarity.

For information and questions, please contact management@ice.org.uk.

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