Safety of society

Structural engineers are of critical importance in managing the risk to society throughout the lifecycle of the structure.

Structural engineers consider the safety of structures from design and construction through to operation and demolition, in accordance with local legislation. 

Structural engineers are key to ensuring that the built environment is robust and that lessons are learnt. This topic impacts upon the collaborative nature of construction and the need to ensure responsibilities are clearly defined at the outset of projects.

Effective retention and communication of project information, including maintenance and refurbishment, is paramount in ensuring the safety of society.

Latest news from CROSS


<h4>Safety of structures in the climate emergency</h4>

Safety of structures in the climate emergency

CROSS theme page providing content around the climate emergency to share knowledge and research in ensuring structural safety when implementing innovation or changed approaches.

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Read the latest CROSS newsletter

CROSS-UK Newsletter 62 includes expert comment on fire and structural safety reports.

Featured events and resources

The Structural Engineer
<h4>Viewpoint: Mental health in construction: who's looking out for management?</h4>

Viewpoint: Mental health in construction: who's looking out for management?

Andy Leask sees a role for the professional institutions in creating an environment where all people – from junior staff to directors – feel comfortable discussing mental health issues with their peers.

Date ‐ 4 May 2021
Author ‐ Andy Leask
Price ‐ £9
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Structural health monitoring

Extending the safe service life of structures using sensors and the structural information from this data.

Date ‐ 23 June 2021
Author ‐ Su Taylor and Jonathan Backus
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
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Learning from history: why the box-girder bridge failures matter today

Ian Firth FIStructE explains why engineers can still learn from two bridge collapses that happened 50 years ago. Ian is an acclaimed bridge engineer and former President of the IStructE.


The Structural Engineer
<h4>Managing Health and Safety Risks (No. 34): Working safely near water</h4>

Managing Health and Safety Risks (No. 34): Working safely near water

Dangers of working in close proximity to water are ever present. Many engineering projects are constructed close to or directly over water, while others may involve the creation of containers for water. To ensure public safety, taking the precautions outlined in this article is of paramount importance.

Date ‐ 27 November 2014
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Price ‐ £9
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Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety: Five things to know about CROSS

Paul McNulty, Senior Engineer at Structural-Safety, explains the safety mission behind CROSS and why IStructE members should make reports.​

Date ‐ 15 June 2018
Author ‐ Paul McNulty
Price ‐ 0
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Fire engineering and structural design – common misconceptions and good practice</h4>

Fire engineering and structural design – common misconceptions and good practice

A paper written as a collaboration between AECOM fire engineers and structural engineers in an effort to elevate the subject and improve our mutual understanding of structural performance in fire. Intended as a high-level introduction for practising structural engineers.

Date ‐ 2 January 2018
Author ‐ H. Warren, O. Quinn, E. Byrne and J. Leach (all AECOM)
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Learning the lessons of collapse</h4>

Learning the lessons of collapse

Director of Structural-Safety, Alastair Soane, explains why it's important to understand the reasons behind structural failures.

Date ‐ 27 November 2014
Author ‐ A. Soane (Structural-Safety)
Price ‐ £9

Related resources and events

<h4>Modern uses of timber in a changing environment conference (online)</h4>

Modern uses of timber in a changing environment conference (online)

Share your knowledge of modern uses of timber.

Date ‐ 22 March 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £175 - £275 + VAT
<h4>Eurocode 8: an introduction to seismic design of buildings</h4>

Eurocode 8: an introduction to seismic design of buildings

This course delivers key advice and guidance on seismic design of structures to Eurocode 8 as well as the application of the Eurocode. Emphasis is placed on reinforced concrete buildings although the concepts are widely applicable.

Date ‐ 10 February 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £265- £395
<h4>Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8</h4>

Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8

Simple design calculations for basic steel and concrete elements for buildings within the scope of BS EN 1998.

Date ‐ 17 January 2022
Author ‐ Costas Georgopoulos and Kong Kian Hau
Price ‐ £37.50/£48.75/£75.00
<h4>AGM and talk on the Building Safety Bill</h4>

AGM and talk on the Building Safety Bill

An overview of the Building Safety Bill and how it will impact the role structural engineers have in building projects.

Date ‐ 9 December 2021
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
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Safety matters: why experience and communication are key to managing risk

David MacKenzie discusses the importance of structural safety in the design and construction phase and ways in which risks can be mitigated.

Date ‐ 8 November 2021
Author ‐ David MacKenzie
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Strengthening of existing buildings: an introduction</h4>

Strengthening of existing buildings: an introduction

This article discusses how strengthening an existing building can enable changes of use, achieve compliance with modern building codes, resist a previously unforeseen environmental load or increase resilience. It gives a broad description of some common strengthening options, as well as guidance on where to find more information.

Date ‐ 2 September 2021
Author ‐ Lizzie Blaisdell Collins and Joe White
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
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Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures: CROSS-UK Newsletter 61

This month we highlight a report raising concerns about the fire safety of multistorey buildings comprising cross-laminated timber structures and the risk of collapse in the event of an uncontrolled fire.

Date ‐ 4 May 2021
Author ‐ Structural-Safety
Price ‐ £0
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CROSS expands its remit to include reporting on fire safety

Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS) is operated jointly by the Institutions of Structural and Civil Engineers. Its expansion marks one of the first implementations of a recommendation of the Hackitt Review.

Date ‐ 31 March 2021
The Structural Engineer
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Structural fire safety when responding to the climate emergency

Luke Bisby urges structural engineers to improve their understanding of ‘fire resistance’ as the profession looks to innovate rapidly in response to climate change.

Date ‐ 1 February 2021
Author ‐ Luke Bisby
Price ‐ £0
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Temporary demountable structures - Winter 2020/21 considerations

The Advisory Group on Temporary Structures (AGOTS) has put together brief guidance for landlords, local authorities and event organisers.

Date ‐ 11 January 2021
Author ‐ Paul Blakeman
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
Collapsed level of multistorey car park

Structural safety when designing lean in the climate emergency

The IStructE Safety, Health and Wellbeing Panel considers the safety implications when aspiring to a lean design.

Date ‐ 4 January 2021
Author ‐ IStructE Safety, Health and Wellbeing Panel
Price ‐ £0
The Structural Engineer
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What can we expect from the UK's Building Safety Bill?

Alastair Soane of Structural-Safety sets out the key changes for structural engineers proposed in the UK government’s draft Building Safety Bill.

Date ‐ 2 September 2020
Author ‐ Alastair Soane
Price ‐ £9
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COVID-19: Risks on plant start up and recommendations on hygiene control for on-site staff

This guidance provides advice on the safe reopening of plants and sites during the coronavirus pandemic.

Date ‐ 30 July 2020
Price ‐ Free
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Structural Safety plans expansion

The Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) scheme is being strengthened during 2020 with a new website project and an expanded remit to cover fire safety issues.

Date ‐ 9 July 2020
Author ‐ Structural Safety
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The Structural Plan of Work 2020

New framework on structural engineering roles and deliverables. Helping to clearly define the roles of structural engineers on building projects, while delivering efficiencies and clarity for clients.

Date ‐ 2 July 2020
Author ‐ Various