A safety check­list

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Struc­tural sta­bil­ity cer­tifi­cate a must: A struc­tural engineer is ex­pected to is­sue a cer­tifi­cate that in­cludes an un­der­tak­ing that he has in­spected the unit him­self and will be held re­spon­si­ble if any­thing goes wrong

Whose job is it to is­sue th­ese cer­tifi­cates? It is not an ar­chi­tect’s job to is­sue struc­tural safety cer­tifi­cates but that of a struc­tural engineer. The for­mer’s role is limited to de­sign­ing the façade and the in­te­ri­ors and not pass el­e­va­tions and build­ing de­tails

Check the qual­ity of ma­te­rial used: It has been found that ‘ar­chi­tects’ bla­tantly com­pro­mise on the qual­ity of ma­te­rial used. They are con­cerned about the qual­ity of mar­ble floor but not the qual­ity of the struc­ture

Is the steel and con­crete safe? Un­der the by­laws, a struc­ture has to be built us­ing ba­sic qual­ity ma­te­rial. There are cer­tain steel grades rec­om­mended in the code but of­ten steel from un­or­gan­ised man­u­fac­tur­ers is used

Build­ings col­lapse usu­ally due to design and qual­ity lapses: Wrong place­ment of re­in­force­ment near junc­tion of col­umns and beams can make the struc­ture un­sta­ble. Steel and con­crete used in the build­ing has to com­ply with min­i­mum stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tions

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