This article discusses a recent accident in a multi-storey car park, and current misgivings, in the SCOSS Report and elsewhere, about the adequacy of the design and upkeep of perimeter safety barriers and balustrades. On 12 January 1996, a car drove through the fourth floor of a multi-storey car park in Canterbury, England. This focused UK national attention on car park safety, even though structural engineers had been warning about the possibility of such accidents for some time. The design code for traffic barriers in the UK is BS 6180, published in 1982. The Tenth Report of the independent Standing Committee On Structural Safety (SCOSS), published in 1994, found that barriers, intended to prevent cars from falling over an edge, had been inadequate in some cases. It drew attention to several areas where action was needed, and referred to a legacy of inadequate design and maintenance, often arising from attempts to minimise car parks' building and operating costs.

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    Landor Publishing Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1996-2


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 15
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  • Accession Number: 00724255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1996 12:00AM