(Confidential Reporting of Structural Failures & Lessons Learnt)

CROSFALL is a newsletter created by Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAStructE). Its purpose is to share lessons learnt from structural failures, near-misses and safety concerns. CROSFALL is greatly encouraged and inspired by CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety), UK, which is a collaborative effort of three institutions (IStructE, ICE and IFE). There is however no connection between CROSFALL-IAStructE and CROSS-UK

CROSFALL has a confidential reporting system, which allow safety issues to be reported by professionals, without exposing their identity. Any identifiable details, such as a project, product, individual or organisation, remain completely confidential to CROSFALL editorial team. Reporters’ personal information will be collected to only verify the contents of the report, and to communicate with the reporter if necessary.The newsletter will report only safety related issues with the objective to learn lessons from such failures and to help prevent future structural failures, by providing insight into root causes of such failures and spurring the development of safety improvement measures. CROSFALL team will depend on professionals to submit reports, whenever they can share their concerns about what they see around or what they experience on any real-life projects. Anyone involved in the civil engineering industry is welcome to submit a report. The more reports submitted, the better CROSFALL can identify and quantify safety issues across the industry. This will help the entire industry to learn lesson from CROSFALL publications.

How reports received for publication in CROSFALL will be handled by IAStructE team?
  • STEP - 1. Receipt of a report & acknowledgement
    Reporting to CROSFALL about a safety issue shall be made by professionals, to IAStructE’s secure website. Upon receipt of the report by editorial team of CROSFALL, the reporter will receive a confirmation email, acknowledging the receipt. In case additional information / data is needed by the editorial team, the same will be requested and shall be submitted by the reporter promptly.

  • STEP - 2. Anonymization of the Report
    Once the complete report is accepted, The CROSFALL ‘Editorial Team’ will anonymize the report by removing personally identifiable information and any other identifiable details in the report. They will also edit the report for clarity.

  • STEP - 3. Comments of Expert Panel on the Anonymised Report
    The anonymised report will be sent to the CROSFALL ‘Expert Panel’ to add their views / comments, if any. The expert panel will use their collective knowledge, wisdom and experience to help professionals understand what can be learned from the reported matter. The panel also would recommend modification in current codes, standards and practices

  • STEP - 4. Legal review of the report
    A legal review of the anonymised report will be taken in situations where it is felt necessary, to make sure that there are no concerns with publishing the report.

  • STEP - 5. Feedback of Reporter on the finalised anonymised report
    The final anonymised report will be sent back to the reporter for getting feedback and final acceptance.

  • STEP - 6. Publication of the Report
    The anonymised report will be published on the quarterly CROSFALL newsletter which will be widely circulated to IAStructE members and others in the mailing list of IAStructE. Reporters personal information will not be published with the report.
What can be reported?

CROSFALL welcomes reports about structural safety issues related to all types of structures (i.e. buildings, bridges, tunnels, towers, containment, industrial structures etc.) in the built environment. The reporting can be related to:

  • Structural failures (Temporary as well as Permanent Structures)
  • Poor Design and Detailing
  • Lack of Seismic Safety in planning
  • Safety concerns about high risk erection schemes
  • Safety concerns on Temporary Works
  • Near misses
  • Observations relating to incorrect procedures followed at site, which may lead to failures or collapses.

Reports do not have to be about current activities so long as they are relevant. Small scale events are also equally important. They can be the precursors to more major failures. Report might relate to a specific experience or it could be based on a series of experiences indicating a trend. No concern is too small to be reported and conversely nothing is too large. Reports should aim to include information that will help others to learn from the safety issue identified.

What type of safety issue are you reporting?

IAStructE welcomes reports about structural safety issues related to all types of structures:

About the type of structure involved

What type of structure is your report about?


Other structures:



The details of the Report

You can use this page to give the details of your safety report. There are two ways to do this:

  1. If you have already prepared your report, you can upload documents (in Word format)
  2. If you have not already prepared your report, you can write it in the boxes below

You can also upload any supporting information or sketch or photograph you think would be useful to include with your report, such as photos, videos or sketches

Please ensure that the contents of your report are as accurate as possible.

Upload your report and any supporting information

Write your report

If you have not already prepared your report, you can write it here. If there are any parts you are not sure about, you can leave that section blank.

If you have any supporting informaton you think would be useful to include with your report, such as photos, videos or sketches, you can still upload them above.

Briefly introduce the safety issue and why it is important to you:
What went wrong, or could go wrong, and what is the impact of this?
What do you think is the underlying cause of the safety issue?
Please describe any learning outcomes, solutions or thoughts you would like to share:
Your contact details so that we can communicate with you as we process your report. Only Designated People at CROSFALL, IAStructE have access to your personal information.
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