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AUS-10 Near miss when modifying brickwork

A reporter’s experience of creating a new door opening in an existing brick wall on the first floor of an old building is not always as simple as it would appear.

AUS-12 Maintenance of multi-storey buildings

A correspondent notes that the issues currently affecting several high-rise buildings in Australia are inevitably focused on design, construction, and certification; whereas there are other issues relating to ongoing inspection, maintenance, and (ultimately) demolition which seem to have been ignored.

Current matters
under consideration

  • Maintenance of structures
  • Quality of documentation
  • Competency
  • Communication and change management
  • Design of RC walls
  • Temporary works
  • Deep excavations
  • Light gauge steel trusses
  • Tower crane bases
  • Non-structural elements

Reports on these subjects are sought, as well as on any other safety issues.


Confidential Reporting

Confidential reporting is a well-established safety procedure especially in aviation, one of the first being ASRS (Aviation Safety Reporting System) developed by NASA in 1976 for the Federal Aviation Authority in the USA and as a result of its success, similar schemes have been developed in a number of other countries. In the UK, this is CHIRP (Confidential Reporting Programme for Aviation and Maritime) and in Australia it is REPCON (Aviation Confidential Reporting Scheme). These along with similar schemes in other countries are coordinated by ICASS (International Confidential Aviation Safety Systems) that promotes confidential reporting systems as an effective method of enhancing flight safety in commercial air transport and general aviation operations.

CROSS is the first confidential reporting scheme to deal with structures and CROSS-AUS is a development aimed at promoting structural safety in Australasia.

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