Things That Fall—Lessons from Some Construction Accidents and Structural Failures

by Robin Shepherd, Univ of California, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


The causes and results of several construction accidents are reviewed. The lessons to be learned from such a summary are that all too often the simplest oversight leads to catastrophic consequences and that at all levels of the design and construction process extreme vigilance is necessary if mishaps are to be avoided.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Failure analysis | Occupational safety | Structural failures | Structural design | Building codes | Structural analysis | Disasters and hazards

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