Liabilities in Temporary Structures Failures—Representative Case Histories

by Bernard London, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman &, Dicker, New York, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Eight case studies involving construction accidents caused by failure of temporary structures are presented. These studies illustrate the oftentimes unintended consequence of utilizing temporary structures, as well as the lessons which can be learned from their failure. The cases discussed involve: a moveable stop sign; highway plates; sewer flume; a cooling tower scaffold collapse; an elevated road scaffold; a coffer dam; a Bailey bridge; a parkway arch bridge.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Liability | Temporary structures | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Infrastructure construction | Traffic accidents | Bridge towers

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