Maintain our Heritage

List of masonry etc falls from buildings into the public realm, 1999-2006

This (incomplete) list gives information and related websites on incidents since 1999 in which masonry or guttering has fallen into the public realm. In the UK, these incidents caused at least 5 fatalities, 2 serious injuries, and 11 slight injuries.

The list excludes incidents in which the building concerned was undergoing works or being demolished.

Maintain welcomes further information on these incidents, or any others, via our web site at: http://www.maintainourheritage.co.uk/falling_masonry_form.htm

A select list of incidents from other countries, and articles on related subjects is at the end of the UK list.

Date

Place

Type of Building

Injuries?

Website

1999

Edinburgh, East Norton Place

Tenement

None

Click here

1999

Congleton, Cheshire

Town Hall

None

Click here

2000

Crewe

Listed Grade II Victorian  market hall

None

Click here

2000

Edinburgh

4-storey bar

1 dead, 1 seriously injured; 4 slightly

Click here

2000

West Bromwich

3-storey terraced

1 dead (child); 2 injured

Click here and / or here

2000

Carlisle

Cathedral; arm of St Peter fell off

None

Click here

2000

Abergavenny

Town Hall

None

Click here

2000

Perth, Scotland

Ring O’Bells pub

Yes – but number not known

Click here

2000 Sept

 

Bath, Darlington St

Georgian terrace

None

Click here (see p. 26)

2001

Hastings, Marlborough Hotel

Hotel

None

Click here

2001

Swindon

Methodist chapel, Rodbourne Rd

None

Click here

2001

Bargoed, Wales

Not known

None

Click here

2001

Westcliff on Sea, Essex

Hotel

None

Click here

2002

York

Church (All Saints)

1 dead

Click here and / or here

2002

Chippenham

Railway viaduct Grade 2

None

Click here

2002

Rugby

new 2.4m wall , Chapel St

1 dead

Click here

2002

Glasgow, Parnie St

Not known

1 dead

Click here

2002 Oct 2nd

Edinburgh, Fountainbridge

Bingo hall

1 slight

Click here

2002

Edinburgh, Chambers Street

Biblos Bar

None

Click here

2002

Edinburgh , Gilmore St

 

None

Click here

2002

Edinburgh,

National Portrait Gallery

None

Click here

2002

Edinburgh, City Chambers

Town Hall

None

Click here

2003

Newcastle, Gray St

Pub

None

Click here

2003

Edinburgh, Frederick St

Not known

None

Click here

2003

Rugby

Boots opticians building. Boots later fined £40k with £27k costs

1 seriously injured

Click here and / or here

2003

North Shields

Chimney

None

Click here

2003

Glasgow, West George St

Listed Grade 2 former Pearl Assurance Building

None

Click here

2003

Brighton

Listed Grade 2 London Road railway viaduct

None

Click here

2003

Edinburgh, Marchmont Crescent

Tenement

None

Click here

2003 (?03/07/03)

Carnforth, Westmoreland

Not known; chimney fell into street

1 slightly

Click here

2003 (24/07/03)

Carnforth, Westmoreland

Halifax Building Society gutter fell onto passer-by

1 slightly

Click here

2004

Swansea, Wales

Palace Theatre

None

Click here

2004

Rugby, Market Place

Not known

None

Click here

2004

Helston, Cornwall, Coinagehall St

Not known

None

Click here

2005

Kirkwall, Orkney

Town Hall

None

Click here

2005

Edinburgh, Brunstfield Place

Not known

None

Click here

2005

Edinburgh, Morningside

Churchill Theatre

None

Click here

2005

Douglas, Isle of Man

St George’s Court, Hillside St

None

Click here

2005

Devizes

Town Hall

None

Click here

2005 (23/9/05)

Dundee, Scotland

Tenement

None

Click here

2006

Hove, Church Road

Not known; 3-storey

None

Click here

2006

Edinburgh, Windsor S

2-story hotel

None

Click here

2006

Edinburgh,

Not known

None

Click here

2006

Whitehaven, Cumberland

Not known

1 slightly

Click here

2006 02/02

Perth, Scotland

Restaurant

None

Click here

2006 (15/07/06)

North Berwick, Scotland

Not known

1 slightly

Click here

 

International

Year

Country

Type of building

Injuries?

Website

1982

New York

Not known

1 dead

Click here

1990

New York, Broadway

11-storey building

None

Click here

1999 30/12

Cork, Ireland

Not known

1 dead, 8 injured; severity unknown

Click here

2005

Washington DC

Supreme Court Building

None

Click here

2006 (08/08/06)

Ahmedabad, India

Commercial building

1 dead

Click here

 

Selected Articles & sites

Year

Country

Subject

Summary

Website

2003

USA

Façade inspection laws

“Masonry falls off a building facade somewhere in the United States about every three weeks. Over the past few years in the United States, at least 49 such masonry failures have killed 30 persons and injured 81.”

Click here

2003

UK

Façade safety

SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety) calls for action on regular inspection of facades

Click here

2004

Scotland

Façade Safety

Edinburgh City Council reports on measures taken since fatality in 2000

Click here

2005

Scotland

Scottish Borders Council, Scotland

Survey finds that 70% of buildings over 100 years old require urgent work

Click here and / or here

2005

Scotland

Falling Masonry – causes

Scottish RICS

Click here

2006

Scotland

Falling masonry

The Scottish Building Standards Agency has extended the SCOTCROSS scheme, which is recording falls of materials from buildings and near misses, for a second year.  420 reports received in the first 10 months. Most involve buildings around 100 or more years old and relate to problems with masonry and roofing. Two passers by have been reportedly struck by falling objects - fortunately their injuries were slight, and there have been several near misses.

Discussions are under way to consider reporting from some Local Authorities in England

Click here and / or here

2006

UK

BRE

“Building Façade Maintenance – legal liability & damage limitation”

Click here

2006

USA, New York

Façade inspection law

Advice on Local Law 11/98 requiring cyclical inspection of all facades 6 stories or more

Click here