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. . . as survey reveals 50% of designers still inadequately trained

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OVER HALF of the UK's designers still do not have adequate safety training, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reported this week.

However, the results of the survey of practices in the North West, Newcastle and Scotland showed a massive improvement compared to 12 months ago when just 8% of designers had been trained.

The report Designer initiative 2004 confirms figures revealed to MPs at the end of May by HSE chief inspector of construction Kevin Myers (NCE 27 May).

These showed that designers' knowledge both of the legal requirements and of the practical steps available to reduce risks had doubled over the year to 60%.

Overall, architects were found to be the poorest performers with 47% of practices rated either poor or limited.

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