Failure Statistics Categorized by Cause and Generic Class

by Charles H. Thornton, Lev Zetlin Associates Inc, New York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Reducing Failures of Engineered Facilities


Failures can be classified into the three categories, ie. , SAFETY, FUNCTIONAL, and ANCILLARY. Within the causation definition, failures fall into five general areas: DESIGN DEFICIENCIES; CONSTRUCTION DEFICIENCIES; MATERIAL DEFICIENCIES; ADMINISTRATIVE DEFICIENCIES; and MAINTENANCE DEFICIENCIES. The three major categories and the five general areas are described in the article. The common occurances in the construction industry now-a-days which lead to failure are discussed. The result is a nightmare for the owner, designers, contractors, their insurance companies and a boon for the lawyers.

Subject Headings: Material failures | Failure analysis | Statistics | Structural failures | Construction materials | Occupational safety | Quality control | Structural control

Services: Buy this book/Buy this article


Return to search