Forensics

Silos & Chimneys Collapses

Forensic Services Newsletter

Palm kernel silo after self-heating led to a fire. Photograph by Khairul Za'im, Forensic Services Engineer.

This month we bring to your attention our investigations into the collapse of silos and chimneys. Each year we attend a number of such accident sites and have accumulated considerable experience. The variety of reasons for collapse include corrosion, poor construction, and low to non-existent maintenance. In the case of silos holding grains, self-heating has resulted in conditions that necessitate demolition, even though the silos have not collapsed.

Corrosion on the inside of this silo led to its collapse. Photograph by Pooh Poh Wong, Forensic Services Engineer.
Corrosion on the inside of this silo led to its collapse. Photograph by Pooh Poh Wong, Forensic Services Engineer.

The photographs on this page have been taken from jobs carried out during the past 12 months. If you have losses of this type and are uncertain of whether investigation is applicable, send photographs and details to us by clicking on "Ask a Consultant" button and we will provide advice. There is no charge for this initial service (see our October newsletter).

We have a more formal description of the reasons for silo and chimney collapse. This can be found on www.forensic.cc

Regards,





Barry Dillon