Annual Report and Proceedings of the Canadian Cement and Concrete Association: At the Third Annual Meeting and Convention, Held at Toronto, Ontario, March 7th, 8th and 9th; 1911 (Classic Reprint) by Unknown Author (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from Annual Report and Proceedings of the Canadian Cement and Concrete Association: At the Third Annual Meeting and Convention, Held at Toronto, Ontario, March 7th, 8th and 9th; 1911 It is a truism often repeated, that the public has a short memory. The lessons to be derived from great disasters are soon forgotten except by a very small number. The fatal Iroquois Theatre and Collinwood School disasters of a few years ago, so costly in child life and so much in the public mind for short intervals, showed the necessity of safeguarding the occupants of public buildings. For a time our civic authorities were active in having places of public entertainment carefully inspected. Much was heard for a season about fireproof curtains, accessible exits, fire drill and fireproof schools, but soon the public relapsed into its old ruts. Inspection became less searching and the authorities more forgetful, and the public continues to run daily the same risks that the victims of these disasters ran. It sends its children to the same schools and attends itself the same places of public worship or entertainment and only becomes conscious as to the chances it is taking when some other horrible calamity occurs. Truly the public has a short memory. It is chiefly because humans are humans, and t machines, that we continue to take chances. A machine can be constructed to do a given thing in a specified way an endless number of times. Whether its work be punching or drilling or cutting, it does it with machine-like precision. It never tires, never grows careless and is never actuated with a spasm of over-zeal or indolence. It is never tempted to scamp its work. It is never influenced by the desire to make excessive profits, and never kws the flattery of the multitude or the sting of adverse criticism. It never forgets, never flatters, never tempts, never cajoles, never bluffs and never pleads. But men are differently constituted. They possess the human traits. They are influenced by example, possess passions and emotions, cherish hatred, remember injuries and forget the lessons which great crises in their experience ought to impress on them. The attention of engineers, architects, builders and building departments has been called to the lessons which are taught by the failures of structures designed and erected by them or under their supervision. It is t that the field is a new one that this paper is devoted to so hackneyed a topic, but to emphasize once again, first those elements which have contributed to failures, and secondly those corrective or precautionary measures which will tend to prevent their re-occurrence. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.