EN1990 (Basis for Structural Design) is European legislation that is included in UK Building Regulations and is a legal requirement.
- The structure will be adequately maintained.
- The structure will be used in accordance with the design assumptions.
Signs Express Ltd recommends that all sign buyers and owners are made aware that they must ensure compliance with these regulations and that they are provided with adequate maintenance and inspection information from the seller.
The implications of this obligation
A recent court case (in 2013) resulted in the sign owner being fined £300,000 plus £222,692 costs for not making safety checks on a sign that collapsed in strong winds. However the sign supplier was also fined £60,000 plus £22,855 costs for supposedly carrying out contractual ‘cosmetic maintenance’ of the sign.This document has been created in accordance with the British Sign and Graphics Association (2014)