Building Around a Building

by Robert T. Ratay, (M.ASCE), Chmn.; Civ. Engrg. Dept., Pratt Institute, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 4, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Many, maybe most, construction disasters occur as the result of the failure of temporary structures. Despite the fact that temporary structures have a critical effect on the speed, safety and quality as well as the profitability of a project, a tacit attitude prevails: these things are temporary, therefore greater risks are acceptable than with permanent structures. Because very little technical information exists on temporary structures to guide the civil engineer, design loads for temporary structures should be more severe, allowables lower and the calculated safety factors higher.

Subject Headings: Accidents | Construction industry | Design | Safety | Standards and codes | Temporary structures |

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