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A good safety record is essential


With regard to improving safety in construction, my company's simple approach is to be ever more selective with the choice of subcontractors.

Recently we invited a firm to become a subcontractor and sent a questionnaire to complete on its safety record.

When it was returned there were a number of points that required further investigation.

When I put these points to the firm I was told that it could not be bothered to respond to such nonsense.

So it is up to clients and principal contractors to dig their heels in with the firms that they seek to employ and be insistent on a good safety record and safety management system as essential conditions to qualify as a subcontractor.

David Brede, health and safety adviser Jackson Rail, Structures Framework Contract, Romford

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