Dam Safety, Yes.; But What About Safety at Dams?

by Hans J. Leutheusser, Univ of Toronto, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Design and construction of safe structures are the professional obligations of hydraulic engineers. However, there are environmental dangers with safe structures which engineers often tend to overlook. A case in point is the possibility of drownings in the downstream pools of small dams. By focusing attention on these unfortunately not infrequent incidents, the paper attempts to stimulate engineering interest in this area of so far primarily public and legal concerns. Subjects covered include hydraulic considerations, physiological considerations, and others.

Subject Headings: Dam safety | Structural safety | Hydraulic design | Construction management | Occupational safety | Environmental issues | Rivers and streams | Dams

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