Failure Statistics Categorized by Cause and Generic Class

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Reducing Failures of Engineered Facilities

Abstract: 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: Failure analysis | Material failures | Structural failures | Construction materials | Occupational safety | Maintenance | Construction industry | Structural design |

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