Last edited 20 Nov 2020

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Failure of cast iron beams

Many buildings utilising cast iron (CI) continue to give good service with adequate reliability when used in a risk assessed manner and current best practice documents. As is normal with this type of beam, there is rarely any apparent warning of imminent collapse.

Certain combinations of actions may lead to an unsafe situation that should be investigated by a competent structural engineer. These situations include:

Professionals working in this field, or with clients responsible for property of this type and era, should be aware of these issues and be ready to advise the relevant parties of the need for a structural risk assessment if the identified conditions exist.


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