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Learning lessons from structural failures, Manchester

  • Lecture
  • Manchester
  • 21 May 2019
  • 18:30 - 20:00
Learning lessons from structural failures, Manchester

About this event

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This presentation from Structural-Safety will discuss the importance of learning lessons from structural failures and why these lessons must be re-learned by each generation to prevent similar occurrences happening again.

Examples of major safety incidents, such as the fires at Grenfell Tower and the multi-storey car park in Liverpool, the collapse of a steel frame building in London and the collapse of a masonry wall at a school in Edinburgh will be discussed.

Dame Judith Hackitt was commissioned by the Government to conduct and Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the final report for which was published in May 2018. The report makes over 50 recommendations for a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future to ensure that buildings are safe. This presentation will discuss the regulatory implications of the report along with the measures that are being taken to improve safety.

Structural-Safety operate CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety), a confidential reporting scheme for safety matters concerned with the design, construction and use of structures. The presentation will discuss the benefits of this scheme and will include examples of how CROSS reports are used by Structural-Safety to influence change in the industry.

This talk is a great opportunity for engineers to reflect on how robust their organisations are at preventing structural failures.

This is a joint meeting between ICE Manchester branch and IStructE.

Doors will be open at 17.45 with the lecture to begin promptly at 18.30.


Paul McNulty

Paul is a Senior Engineer at Structural-Safety, the organisation which encompasses SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety) and CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). He has extensive design and assessment experience in structural engineering, including completing a PhD on an innovative arch bridge design and working in consultancy as a structural engineer in both the offshore oil and gas industry and the onshore buildings industry.

Event venue

University of Manchester
Renold Building
Altrincham Street
Manchester M1 7JA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lauren Moczulski

e: [email protected]